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Korean J Oral Maxillofac Radiol. 2002 Sep;32(3):129-134. Korean. Original Article.
Kim EK .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Dankook University, Korea.

PURPOSE: To implement the database system of oral and maxillofacial radiological images using a commercial medical image management software with personally developed classification code. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The image database was built using a slightly modified commercial medical image management software, Dr. Image v.2.1 (Bit Computer Co., Korea). The function of wild card "*" was added to the search function of this program. Diagnosis classification codes were written as the number at the first three digits, and radiographic technique classification codes as the alphabet right after the diagnosis code. 449 radiological films of 218 cases from January, 2000 to December, 2000, which had been specially stored for the demonstration and education at Dept. of OMF Radiology of Dankook University Dental Hospital, were scanned with each patient information. RESULTS: Cases could be efficiently accessed and analyzed by using the classification code. Search and statistics results were easily obtained according to sex, age, disease diagnosis and radiographic technique. CONCLUSION: Efficient image management was possible with this image database system. Application of this system to other departments or personal image management can be made possible by utilizing the appropriate classification code system.

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