Study Conducted Could Lead to Oral Image Viewing on iPad2

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According to a study conducted by Werner H. Shintaku, DDS, MS, there were no statistically significant differences between images viewed on an high-end, consumer-grade LCD monitor (Dell 2410 Ultrasharp) and an iPad2.

According to a study conducted by Werner H. Shintaku, DDS, MS, associate professor and director of Imaging Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry, there were no statistically significant differences between images viewed on an high-end, consumer-grade LCD monitor (Dell 2410 Ultrasharp) and an iPad2. These findings were recently published in the medical publication Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology.

With this study, Dr. Shintaku and his team were able to verify that the iPad2, a relatively new technology in Dentistry, is able to display images with quality comparable to a high-end LCD monitor, which represents the traditional way to interpret digital radiographs and has a significantly larger picture size. However, even with an excellent image quality and versatility, Dr. Shintaku recommends that clinicians continue to use good quality computer monitors in proper environments, (e.g., subdued ambient light). He recommended use of the iPad2 as a secondary viewing station, for example in an operating room to review images when necessary.

This is the first published study that evaluates the application of tablet technology in the field of dentistry. It evaluated the image provided by the tablet and accessed its application in diagnoses of dental caries, also known as cavities.