Programmed database system at the Chang Gung craniofacial center: Part II - Digitizing photographs

Shiow Shuh Chuang, Kai Fong Hung, Glenda H. De Villa, Philip K.T. Chen, Lun Jou Lo, Sophia C.N. Chang, Chung Chih Yu, Yu Ray Chen

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Abstract

Background: The archival tools used for digital images in advertising are not to fulfill the clinic requisition and are just beginning to develop. The storage of a large amount of conventional photographic slides needs a lot of space and special conditions. In spite of special precautions, degradation of the slides still occurs. The most common degradation is the appearance of fungus flecks. With the recent advances in digital technology, it is now possible to store voluminous numbers of photographs on a computer hard drive and keep them for a long time. Methods: A self-programmed interface has been developed to integrate database and image browser system that can build and locate needed files archive in a matter of seconds with the click of a button. This system requires hardware and software were market provided. Results: There are 25,200 patients recorded in the database that involve 24,331 procedures. In the image files, there are 6,384 patients with 88,366 digital pictures files. From 1999 through 2002, NT$400,000 have been saved using the new system. Conclusion: Photographs can be managed with the integrating Database and Browse software for database archiving. This allows labeling of the individual photographs with demographic information and browsing. Digitized images are not only more efficient and economical than the conventional slide images, but they also facilitate clinical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-509
Number of pages7
JournalChang Gung Medical Journal
Volume26
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Digital images
  • Photographic database

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Chuang, S. S., Hung, K. F., De Villa, G. H., Chen, P. K. T., Lo, L. J., Chang, S. C. N., Yu, C. C., & Chen, Y. R. (2003). Programmed database system at the Chang Gung craniofacial center: Part II - Digitizing photographs. Chang Gung Medical Journal, 26(7), 503-509.