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Optimization of Image Capture Distance for Facial Thermograms in Dentistry


Schöffauer, Mona; Angst, Lea; Stillhart, Angela; Srinivasan, Murali (2023). Optimization of Image Capture Distance for Facial Thermograms in Dentistry. Applied Sciences, 13(15):8851.

Abstract

Thermography has not yet been validated for the screening of oral disorders and no clear guidelines or methodology for this purpose have been defined in the literature. The current pilot study was aimed as an initial step to evaluate the influence of shooting distances on the detection of the temperature asymmetries on the face for the purpose of dental thermography. Facial thermograms were taken in three views at three shooting distances for each participant. The mean temperature of the overall image and at the region of interest (ROI) were measured from the analysis software. Thirty adult volunteers participated in this study [n = 30, mean age: 25.8 ± 6.0]. The differences between the mean temperature values at the ROI for all different shooting distances within each profile view were statistically significant [Front: H(2) = 80.176, p < 0.001; Left: H(2) = 21.399, p < 0.001; Right: H(2) = 49.451, p < 0.001]. The mean ROI temperature was influenced by personal effects (p < 0.001), medications (p < 0.001), undergoing dental treatments (p < 0.001) as well as the consumption of food (p < 0.001). This study concludes that the detection of temperature asymmetries on the face in adult volunteers are affected by the capture distance as well as factors such as medication, oral-care, and alimentation. Therefore, it is advised that personal as well as medical histories are obtained in detail prior to making the facial thermograms.

Abstract

Thermography has not yet been validated for the screening of oral disorders and no clear guidelines or methodology for this purpose have been defined in the literature. The current pilot study was aimed as an initial step to evaluate the influence of shooting distances on the detection of the temperature asymmetries on the face for the purpose of dental thermography. Facial thermograms were taken in three views at three shooting distances for each participant. The mean temperature of the overall image and at the region of interest (ROI) were measured from the analysis software. Thirty adult volunteers participated in this study [n = 30, mean age: 25.8 ± 6.0]. The differences between the mean temperature values at the ROI for all different shooting distances within each profile view were statistically significant [Front: H(2) = 80.176, p < 0.001; Left: H(2) = 21.399, p < 0.001; Right: H(2) = 49.451, p < 0.001]. The mean ROI temperature was influenced by personal effects (p < 0.001), medications (p < 0.001), undergoing dental treatments (p < 0.001) as well as the consumption of food (p < 0.001). This study concludes that the detection of temperature asymmetries on the face in adult volunteers are affected by the capture distance as well as factors such as medication, oral-care, and alimentation. Therefore, it is advised that personal as well as medical histories are obtained in detail prior to making the facial thermograms.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Klinik für Allgemein-, Behinderten- und Seniorenzahnmedizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Materials Science
Physical Sciences > Instrumentation
Physical Sciences > General Engineering
Physical Sciences > Process Chemistry and Technology
Physical Sciences > Computer Science Applications
Physical Sciences > Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes, Computer Science Applications, Process Chemistry and Technology, General Engineering, Instrumentation, General Materials Science
Language:English
Date:31 July 2023
Deposited On:10 Jan 2024 16:34
Last Modified:30 Apr 2024 01:46
Publisher:MDPI Publishing
ISSN:2076-3417
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/app13158851
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)