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PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE REQUIREMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY DENTAL MEDICINE

Michael Enchev, Gergana Georgieva, Radost Vasileva

Abstract

Introduction: Dental photography is an auxiliary method for clinical diagnostic patient service, education, as well as a method for clinical comparisons. It is an implemented in science medium after its discovery in 1840 when Donnè and Foucault took a photograph of cross-section of bones and teeth. Before its discovery, visual presentations of medical or dental manipulations in journals, medical lectures or medical literature books were made by medical illustrations. The dental photography ones with higher quality and more credible are of great significance to the education, communication and comparison studies in contemporary dental medicine. The aim of the current scientific study is to clarify the basic guidelines and requirements for images in dental medicine.

Materials and Methods: Data from scientific journals, articles and textbooks has been researched and compared. The research is done electronically and the following keywords have been used: “images in medicine”, “dental photography requirements”. The groundwork method used is analysis of literature data.

Results: The fundamental requirements towards the images for dental and medical purposes are authenticity and quality imaging. Achieving that goal in dental medicine is done by using the right equipment and certain image standards. Only then, images could be compared and the results analyzed.  The fundamental requirements are: image sharpness, standard image frame size, right image exposure, and correct color rendition. Using the right contrast for extraoral images is of great essential. A mirror system is fundamental when taking images intraorally.

Conclusions: In contemporary dental medicine using dental photography fulfills the requirements of authentic imaging only when using the right equipment to achieve this goal.


Keywords

images in medicine, dental photography requirements


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