Smart-phone based telemedicine: Instant messaging application as a platform for radiographic interpretations of jaw pathologies

Madi, Medhini and Kumar, Mathangi and Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy and Ravindranath, Vineetha (2021) Smart-phone based telemedicine: Instant messaging application as a platform for radiographic interpretations of jaw pathologies. Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research, 11. pp. 368-372. ISSN 2212-4268

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the reliability of WhatsApp in comparison to the images viewed on a workstation monitor (gold standard) for the identification and interpretation of radiographic images of jaw pathologies.Methods: 150 panoramic radiographs were screened for the assessment of jaw pathologies in the workstation monitor. The radiographs were sent to two observers (Observer A and B) via WhatsApp® Messenger which were viewed independently on smartphones. A structured proforma was prepared to evaluate the radiographs for the presence or absence of various radiographic pathological characteristics.Results: The reliability of WhatsApp for observers A and B concerning various characteristics like vital structures,pathological fractures, periodontal ligament widening, and root resorption indicated almost perfect agreement (0.8–0.97). The Kappa coefficients for WhatsApp for observers A and B for pre-categorized radiographic impressions were 0.95 and 0.97 which indicated almost perfect agreement.Conclusion: WhatsApp based expert teleradiology consultation can be a suitable and effective alternative for radiographic interpretations

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teledentistry; Teleradiology; WhatsAppInstant messaging applications
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 10:33
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 10:33
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157007

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