May JADA examines advances in digital radiography

AI’s degree of influence higher than other emerging technologies


Advances in digital radiography have increased diagnostic capabilities and have the potential to have a substantial influence on dentistry as these systems mature, according to a study published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association

The cover story, “Surveying the Landscape of Diagnostic Imaging in Dentistry's Future: Four Emerging Technologies of Promise,” examines the history and background of four emerging technologies along with their development and potential impact on the practice of diagnostic imaging.

The four technologies discussed are artificial intelligence, dental magnetic resonance imaging, stationary intraoral tomosynthesis and second-generation cone-beam computed tomography.

The degree of influence most likely will vary, with artificial intelligence being the most influential of the four, according to the authors, Donald A. Tyndall, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Jeffery B. Price, D.D.S.; Laurence Gaalaas, D.D.S.; and Rubens Spin-Neto, D.D.S., Ph.D. However, they argue, the four technologies reviewed in the article all hold promise in improving imaging diagnostics in dentistry.

“The readers are informed about these emerging technologies and the potential effects on their practice going forward, giving them information on which to base decisions on adopting [one] or more of these technologies,” the authors wrote. “The [four] technologies reviewed in this article have the potential [for] leading to better patient care and heightened professional satisfaction.”

Other articles in the May issue of JADA discuss penicillin allergy reassessment for treatment improvement; prognostic factors associated with pulp status in patients with cracked teeth treated by occlusal veneers; and the prevalence of complete edentulism among Americans over the age of 65.

Every month, JADA articles are published online at in addition to appearing in the print publication. ADA members can access JADA content with their ADA username and password.


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