Effect of ambient light level at the monitor surface on digital radiographic evaluation of approximal carious lesions : an in vitro study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Effect of ambient light level at the monitor surface on digital radiographic evaluation of approximal carious lesions : an in vitro study
Author(s) Hellén-Halme, Kristina ; Lith, Agneta
Date 2012
English abstract
Objectives: This study investigated how ambient light affects the diagnostic accuracy of dental carious lesions on monitors used in dental practice. Specifically, the aim was to evaluate whether a monitor hood for blocking excess ambient light increases practitioners’ ability to accurately diagnose carious lesions on digital radiographs under bright ambient light conditions. Methods: 7 observers evaluated approximal carious lesions on standardized digital radiographs of 100 teeth under 3 ambient light conditions: bright light (> 1000 lx) and dim light (<50 lx) with no monitor hood; and bright light with a hooded monitor. Receiver operating characteristic curves were plotted for all observations. The criterion standard was a histological examination of the teeth. A paired t-test compared the effects of the three lighting conditions. The level of significance was set to p <0.05. Weighted kappa statistics estimated intraobserver agreement. Results: The diagnostic accuracy for dentine lesions was significantly higher in ambient light<50&hairsp ;lx than on monitors with and without a hood in ambient light>1000 lx. For all observers, diagnostic accuracy of dentine lesions under bright light was higher on a hooded monitor than on a monitor without a hood, but this difference was not significant. Intraobserver agreement varied from moderate to good. Conclusion: Diagnostic accuracy of those carious lesions that reached into the dentine was significantly higher in ambient light<50 lx than in ambient light>1000 lx. A hooded monitor in bright light was not as effective as a monitor without a hood in dim light.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1259/dmfr/15422221 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher British Institute of Radiology
Host/Issue Dentomaxillofacial Radiology;3
Volume 41
ISSN 0250-832X
Pages 192-196
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) data display
dental caries
diagnostic accuracy
digital radiography
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15667 (link to this page)

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