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Article: Volume 42 Number 8 Page 761 - October 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 761-765

Dental Photography:  Minimizing Digital Data Loss

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Abstract: Clinical photography has now reached all areas of dentistry, with camera equipment and photography skills being present in many practices. Whilst taking good photographs is just one part of improving record-keeping, the other part, which is arguably the more important aspect, is to store securely this vast amount of data that is created. This article intends to explore the options available to practices to store the data securely and recommends the easiest and most effective ways available today.

Clinical relevance: With clinical photographs becoming ever more important in the field of dentistry, correct storage and use of camera equipment is important.

Author notes: Milan Chande, BDS, Dental Foundation Trainee, Boutique Dental 23, 23 Bryn Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9AX, UK.

Objective: To understand how back-up systems may benefit dental practices and to provide recommendations on how best to avoid data loss.