Optimal protocol for teleconsultation with a cellular phone for dentoalveolar trauma: An in-vitro study

Wonse Park, Hae Na Lee, Jin Sun Jeong, Jung Hoon Kwon, Grace H. Lee, Kee Deog Kim

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Abstract

Purpose : Dental trauma is frequently unpredictable. The initial assessment and urgent treatment are essential for dentists to save the patient's teeth. Mobile-phone-assisted teleconsultation and telediagnosis for dental trauma could be an aid when a dentist is not available. In the present in-vitro study, we evaluated the success rate and time to transfer images under various conditions. Materials and Methods : We analyzed the image quality of cameras built into mobile phones based on their resolution, autofocus, white-balance, and anti-movement functions. Results : The image quality of most built-in cameras was acceptable to perform the initial assessment, with the autofocus function being essential to obtain high-quality images. The transmission failure rate increased markedly when the image size exceeded 500 kB and the additional text messaging did not improve the success rate or the transmission time. Conclusion : Our optimal protocol could be useful for emergency programs running on the mobile phones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalImaging Science in Dentistry
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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