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Importance of Photography Education to Improve Image Quality for Accurate Remote Diagnoses in Dental Trauma Patients: Observational Study

 Jin-Sun Jeong  ;  Nan-Sim Pang  ;  Yiseul Choi  ;  Kyeong-Mee Park  ;  Taekbin Kim  ;  Xin Xu  ;  Wonse Park 
 JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH, Vol.8(3) : e15152, 2020-03 
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cell phone ; emergencies ; remote consultation ; telemedicine ; tooth injuries
Background: High-quality photos are critical for the remote diagnosis of dental trauma and thus are beneficial to the prognosis. The quality of the images obtained using a cell phone depends on the level of dental and photography knowledge of the person who is taking the photos. Objective: This study aimed to determine the efficacy of photography education in improving images used for the remote diagnosis of dental trauma. Methods: The subjects comprised 30 laypeople and 30 dentists who were randomly assigned to 15 subgroups with 2 subjects in each. Each subject was asked to take photos of their own anterior teeth and those of their partner on the assumption that an accident occurred using both an iPhone 4s and iPhone 6. Education about how to take an appropriate photo of the anterior teeth for teleconsultation purposes was then provided, after which photos were taken again. Photos were assessed by a dentist for their usefulness in diagnosis. Results: This study analyzed 965 photos: 441 taken by laypeople and 524 taken by dentists. Photos taken after providing education had significantly higher scores for all assessment items than those taken before education (P<.05). The scores were also significantly higher for photos taken using the rear camera than those taken using the front camera (P<.02). The iPhone 6 did not have overwhelming advantages. The photos taken by dentists had significantly higher scores than those taken by laypeople for most of the evaluated items. Conclusions: Both laypeople and dentists might find photography education useful for when they are taking photos to be used in teleconsultations. The type of cell phone does not significantly affect the usefulness of such photos.
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Park, Wonse(박원서) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2081-1156
Pang, Nan Sim(방난심) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4265-673X
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