Computing in Dentistry is a new book about computer technology in dental practice being written by leading experts in the field. Computing in Dentistry is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in using computers in their practice, from beginner to expert. Regardless of whether of you have never touched a computer in your life, or whether you have a practice full of hi-tech gadgets, Computing in Dentistry provides a wealth of information that is immediately useful to you--here and now. This page is designed to inform you about the concept and the content of the book. It will also be the final home of the book once it is published.
A long project ... (1/12/2006)
Thank you for your feedback and encouraging messages about our book, especially from those who have been following its development for a while. Unfortunately, the project is taking longer than we thought. The business of writing grant applications, conducting research studies and mentoring graduate students in dental informatics does not allow for as much time on this project as we would wish. As we wrote earlier, we will be releasing the book in parts, and "Digital imaging" will be the first one. The first two chapters of that part ("Basics of digital Images" and "Image management") are relatively final, and the remainder (“Image capture, storage and output,” ” Intraoral cameras,” ”Digital cameras”, “Digital radiology,” and “Switching from traditional to digital imaging” are in various draft stages. We estimate that just the printed text for this part will exceed 100 pages - in essence, a small book in itself. We will keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, please let us know about any suggestions (content, products or otherwise) for "Digital imaging."
"Digital imaging" first part to be released (7/15/2005)
In recent years, digital imaging has become an important tool in dental practice. While digital radiology sensors have existed for many years, it was the introduction of intraoral cameras that spurred many dentists to adopt new imaging technologies. Early intraoral cameras were analog and had to be connected to a TV monitor. Today, they are being replaced by digital cameras that integrate much better with other imaging devices. In tandem with the development of digital radiography and intraoral cameras, the emergence of digital photocameras has led to a more comprehensive view of imaging in the dental practice. Regardless of their source, all types of digital images can be stored, manipulated, analyzed, and retrieved on a computer. Successfully implementation and use of digital imaging requires a thorough understanding of such systems and their component technologies.
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Preview Chapter "Digital Imaging: Intraoral Cameras" available here
Learn about types, physical location and integration, operational aspects, and image quality and properties.
Preview the chapter "Intraoral Cameras"
"Computing in Dentistry: Book + Website: Merging books and electronic media"
Presented at the 2003 annual meeting of the Medical Library Association in San Diego, CA.
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About Computing in Dentistry
The section "Book concept" describes the idea, goals and features of the book/Website. Read this document if you are interested in the rationale for the book, its general content and audience, the function of the Website and its relationship to the book, and its expected availability.
The section "Parts overview" describes the content of each of the (currently planned) eleven parts. Read this document if you would like to get a general idea of the book's content.
The "Outline" describes the content of each part in detail. Read this document if you are interested in learning about the detailed book content.
The "Authors" section contains brief biosketches of the authors.
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