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The feasibility of a three-dimensional charting interface for general dentistry

Schleyer, TKL and Thyvalikakath, TP and Malatack, P and Marotta, M and Shah, TA and Phanichphant, P and Price, G and Hong, J (2007) The feasibility of a three-dimensional charting interface for general dentistry. Journal of the American Dental Association, 138 (8). 1072 - 1080. ISSN 0002-8177

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Background. Most current paper- and computer-based formats for patient documentation use a two-dimensional dental chart, a design that originated almost 150 years ago in the United States. No studies have investigated the inclusion of a three-dimensional (3-D) charting interface in a general dental record. Methods. A multidisciplinary research team with expertise in human-computer interaction, dental informatics and computer science conducted a 14-week project to develop and evaluate a proof of concept for a 3-D dental record. Through several iterations of paper- and computer-based prototypes, the project produced a high-fidelity (hi-fi) prototype that was evaluated by two dentists and two dental students. Results. The project implemented a prototypical patient record built around a 3-D model of a patient's maxillofacial structures. Novel features include automatic retrieval of images and radiographs; a flexible view of teeth, soft tissue and bone; access to historical patient data through a timeline; and the ability to focus on a single tooth. Conclusions. Users tests demonstrated acceptance for the basic design of the prototype, but also identified several challenges in developing intuitive, easy-to-use navigation methods and hi-fi representations in a 3-D record. Clinical Implications. Test participants in this project accepted the preliminary design of a 3-D dental record. Significant further research must be conducted before the concept can be applied and evaluated in clinical practice.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Thyvalikakath, TPtpt1@pitt.eduTPT1
Malatack, P
Marotta, M
Shah, TA
Phanichphant, P
Price, G
Hong, J
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 138
Number: 8
Page Range: 1072 - 1080
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.2007.0318
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Database Management Systems; Dental Informatics--methods; Dental Records; Face--anatomy & histology; Facial Bones--anatomy & histology; Feasibility Studies; Humans; Imaging, Three-Dimensional--methods; Information Storage and Retrieval; Models, Anatomic; Radiography, Dental; Software Design; Software Validation; Systems Integration; Tooth--anatomy & histology; User-Computer Interface
PubMed ID: 17670873
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 20:55
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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