Trends in Imaging Technologies for 2016

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Imaging in Dentistry goes back to 1895 shortly after Roentgen discovered what we call x-rays.   Since then, radiology has become a cornerstone for diagnosing disease processes in all health fields.  Medicine, Dentistry Chiropractic and Veterinary sciences all depend on radiation applications to safely deliver care.  Although, I have published dozens of articles in the dental literature regarding digital imaging, a recent article in this month’s Compendium Journal may be interesting to speculate forward with this discipline.  The round-table article asks the same question to three of us that have been teaching on this subject for decades.  The simple question was “What trends can clinicians expect to see in imaging technologies for 2016 and beyond?” 

I am attaching the full round-table article if you have an interest in three views to this question.2016 Compendium CEDV37N2_Roundtable_3rd

Digital Imaging in Dentistry encompasses:

  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Intraoral digital radiographs (x-rays)
  • Extraoral digital radiographs (x-rays)
  • CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography)  3D x-rays similar to medical CT scans
  • 3D Scanners (instruments to make 3D images of models or teeth)
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Ultrasound
  • Trans Illumination (visible light to see through thin enamel

As you can probably gather, we have come a very long way since that day in 1895 that started this all.

We can all expect incremental improvements in existing technologies.

But the genius in our research may introduce new applications and possible solutions

that could become game changers for patients and those who care for them.

I think that change is the only constant in life, as the quote from George Bernard Shaw illustrates .