Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Orthodontics digitization project update

Our orthodontics digitization project is speeding right along! Student workers Kelley Gorniak and Ashley Ehmig have created scans and metadata for over 3500 radiographs and 500 dental casts from 80 patients. Work on patient cases prioritized for the grant project will soon be complete. We are now working with our collaborators at the School of Dentistry and the project's principal investigator to select additional materials for digitization.

I presented this project last week at the annual meeting of Archivists and Librarians in the History of Health Sciences. There were lots of interesting questions and comments from the audience, particularly related to research ethics and patient privacy.

Below are some photos I took to share for the presentation - they show the unique materials and equipment that we've used for this project.


Above: A typical case includes a file of radiograph images, patient chart, and dental casts. Personal health information is anonymized during digitization, in compliance with HIPAA.