Digital Imaging in Dentistry: An Overview


Affiliations

  • Desh Bhagat Dental College & Hospital, Department of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Muktsar, Punjab, India
  • Dayananda Sagar College of Dental Sciences, Department of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • KLE Society's Dental College, Department of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Desh Bhagat Dental College & Hospital, Department of Periodontics, Muktsar, Punjab, India

Abstract

Digital radiography has been available in dentistry for more than 25 years, but it has not replaced conventional film-based radiography completely. This could be because of the costs involved in replacing conventional radiographic equipment with a digital imaging system, or because implementing new technology in the dental practice requires a bit of courage. As use of digital radiography becomes more common, many dentists are wondering if and how they can replace conventional film-based imaging with a digital system. This article presents an overview of the different technologies used for digital imaging in dentistry with a broad overview of the benefits and limitations of digital imaging. The principles of direct and indirect digital imaging modalities, image processing and image analysis will be discussed.

Keywords

Digital Imaging, Digital Image Receptors, Image Processing, Image Analysis, Radiography.

Subject Discipline

Dentistry

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