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International Journal of Computerized Dentistry

Year 2002
Volume 5 , Issue 4

Pages: 281 - 284

Computer Assistance in Clinical Functional Analysis

M. Oliver Ahlers/Holger A. Jakstat

The use of computers in the dental practice has been primarily restricted to the acquisition of billing data. Additional possibilities for the use of PCs exist in diagnostic data acquisition and evaluation; clinical functional analysis seems a particularly suitable application. Such software is now available: CMDfact. Dentally, it is based on a previously developed and published examination and documentation system, the graphic user interface of which is used in the newly developed software. After the examination data have been acquired by mouse click or numerical entry, these are available for evaluation. A special function, the “Diagnosis pilot,” is integrated to support the user. This helps in the assignment of the appropriate “Initial diagnoses,” since it brings together the individually existing principal symptoms and suitable diagnoses for the initial diagnosis in question and also stats which diagnoses “would be appropriate” for this, but are not available. With 3D animation, the software also helps the dentist to explain aspects of CMD to patients. The software also assists the dentist with a detailed multimedia help system, which provides context-sensitive help for every examination step. These help functions explain the sense of the relevant examinations, their performance and evaluation in the form of short texts and explanatory photographs and videos.


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