Time required for performing a manual cephalometric analysis compared to a digital cephalometric analysis on DentiCephX software

  • Maliha Mumtaz BDS; Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Afeef Umar Zia BDS, FCPS, M Orth RCS Ed, FDS RCS Ed, FDT FEd; Associate Professor & HOD, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Kausar Illyas BDS, FCPS; Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Huma Khan BDS; Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Esha Zakria BDS; Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Zainab Hayyat Raja BDS; Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Keywords: Cephalograms, cephalometric analysis, digitization, manual tracing

Abstract

Introduction: Diagnostic cephalometric analysis can be performed manually as well as with the help of softwares. It is observed that a digital analysis is less time consuming as compared to a manual analysis. Therefore, the objective of this study was to measure the mean difference in time taken to perform a manual cephalometric analysis as opposed to an analysis performed with the help of digital cephalometric software.

Material and Methods: A total of 50 good quality cephalograms taken with the same machine were included in the study. They were randomly divided among four orthodontic residents (R1=13, R2=13, R3=12 and R4=12). All residents performed manual tracing and analysis followed by digitization and analysis on DentiCephX software. Time required for performing each task was recorded using a stopwatch. Paired sample t-test was used to compare the time required for performing a digital cephalometric analysis versus a manual cephalometric analysis. 10 radiographs were retraced after 2 weeks and intra class correlation coefficient was used to measure inter rater reliability. 

Results: The mean time required for manual and digital cephalometric tracing and analysis was 07m: 06s ± 01m: 45s and 01m: 33s ± 00m: 32s respectively. The difference in time required for manual and digital tracing and analysis was statistically significant (p=0.001). p value ≤ 0.05 was considered as significant.

Conclusions: This study showed statistically significant difference in time required for performing a digital cephalometric analysis versus a manual cephalometric analysis.

Published
2021-04-12
How to Cite
Mumtaz, M., Zia, A. U., Illyas, K., Khan, H., Zakria, E., & Raja, Z. H. (2021). Time required for performing a manual cephalometric analysis compared to a digital cephalometric analysis on DentiCephX software. Pakistan Orthodontic Journal, 12(2), 77-81. Retrieved from https://www.poj.org.pk/index.php/poj/article/view/291
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