Smart OPG : An Important Step in Radiological Diagnosis
Mehdi Bashiri, an inventor from Istanbul Aydın University, won IFIA Best Invention Medal during Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) Award Ceremony on 2 December 2017 for his innovative method titled “Smart OPG”.
Panoramic Radiography (OPG) is a two-dimensional imaging method that captures upper and lower jaws in a single image including the teeth, surrounding structures and tissues. On routine dental practice OPG is the first and most common imaging modality to make diagnosis and treatment plan with the advantages of easy and fast performing, lower radiation dose and cost.
However, OPG does not provide precise and detailed information because of magnification, distortion and superposition of anatomic structures. Also most current dental system operates with 8 bit images, which contain 28 =256 shades of grey.
The human eye is able to differentiate 60-80 shades of grey on a monitor. It is thought to be improved by intelligent manipulation of the grey values. So an artificial intelligence method, called smart OPG is developed to improve differentiating the grey values and eliminate these disadvantages.
Smart OPG will be an important step in the radiological diagnosis taking into account today’s digital advancing technology.