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System Design For A Dental Image Processing System
Author(s): Fredrick M. Cady; John C. Stover; William J. Senecal
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Paper Abstract

An image processing system for a large clinic dental practice has been designed and tested. An analysis of spatial resolution requirements and field tests by dentists show that a system built with presently available, PC-based, image processing equipment can provide diagnostic quality images without special digital image processing. By giving the dentist a tool to digitally enhance x-ray images, increased diagnostic capabilities can be achieved. Very simple image processing procedures such as linear and non-linear contrast expansion, edge enhancement, and image zooming can be shown to be very effective. In addition to providing enhanced imagery in the dentist's treatment room, the system is designed to be a fully automated, dental records management system. It is envisioned that a patient's record, including x-rays and tooth charts, may be retrieved from optical disk storage as the patient enters the office. Dental procedures undertaken during the visit may be entered into the record via the imaging workstation by the dentist or the dental assistant. Patient billing and records keeping may be generated automatically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0974, Applications of Digital Image Processing XI, (16 December 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.948463
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrick M. Cady, Toomay, Mathis & Associates, Inc (United States)
John C. Stover, Toomay, Mathis & Associates, Inc (United States)
William J. Senecal, Toomay, Mathis & Associates, Inc (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0974:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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