EVALUATION OF CLINICAL PROCEDURES IN DENTISTRY.
Annual progress rept., 1 Jan-31 May 64,
MISSOURI UNIV KANSAS CITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
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Progress on a comparative study between the use of conventional dental procedures and newer or modified techniques is reported. The aim of this project is to determine the most effective utilization of the Armys dental manpower. Data collected on the relative value of ultrasonics and the conventional method for scaling teeth is being analyzed by computers to establish the effectiveness as a function of time. Preliminary data on a study using dictating and transcribing equipment for clinical examination charting shows that the present methods used by the Army are faster. The use of the panoramic radiographic method for X-ray examination shows an 87 saving of time. Experiments are being conducted with various forms of radiant energy as a means of heating dental alloys. An examination and treatment chart was designed for automation of the oral health records. This is an 8 by 11 inch mark sense source document to be used with the 1231 IBM Optical Mark Page Reader. Further development of this chart which was found necessary is in progress.