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Dent Update. 2004 May;31(4):199-202.

Use of dental photography by general dental practitioners in Great Britain.

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  • 1Multimedia Services, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, St. Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN.


This study assesses, by means of a postal questionnaire, the numbers of general dental practitioners who use clinical photography, and the uses to which this is applied. The questionnaire was distributed to 1000 randomly selected GDPs in Great Britain. A response rate of 76% was achieved. Of the respondents, 36% used clinical photography, with 65% of those using an intra-oral 35 mm camera, 18% a digital camera and 12% an intra-oral digital video camera. Principal uses of clinical photography were patient instruction/motivation (72%), medico-legal reasons (68%), treatment planning (63%), and liaison with laboratory (43%).

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