You can view a patient's entire image history chronologically and quickly navigate between each image. Also, in the history view, you can view individual images larger than you can in the recent images view, and you can process (such as enhance or annotate) an image. For information about using the recent images view, see the "Viewing recent images" section. For information about processing images, see the "Processing images" section.
To view a patient's image history
If the correct patient is not already selected, use the Patient Search box to access the patient's record.
Note: You can include inactive patients in the search results by setting the Include inactive patients switch to On.
On the Patient menu, under Clinical, click (or tap) Chart, Progress Notes, Quick Exam, Perio, Tx Planner, or Imaging. Then, on the Imaging tab's menu, click (or tap) Show Image History.
The patient's imaging page opens to the history view. The most recent image, series (such as a full mouth series or bitewings), or set of photos (which was acquired using a custom imaging procedure) is selected by default on the Images tab.
If needed, filter the list of images on the Images tab to display only the images that match the filter criteria that you specify.
Do the following:
Click (or tap) in the Narrow down the results field to view the available filters.
Set up any of the following filters:
Date - To view the images according to a different date, select the desired date in the list under Show images taken on. To view all images that have been acquired on and after the selected date, select the All since that day check box. To view the images that were acquired only on the selected date, clear the All since that day check box.
Type - To view images in any category (intraoral X-rays, intraoral photos, intraoral photos without tooth numbers assigned, extraoral X-rays, extraoral photos, CAD/CAM/iOS scans, and 3D volumes), select the All types check box. To view images in only certain categories, make sure the check boxes of only those categories are selected; the other check boxes must be cleared.
Teeth - If the Intraoral X-ray and/or Intraoral photo check boxes are selected, to view those types of images for specific teeth, select the desired teeth on the Tooth Chart. The tooth filter does not apply to intraoral photos that do not have tooth numbers assigned to them and extraoral X-rays (which apply to all teeth), and extraoral photos (which apply to all teeth). To clear all tooth selections, click (or tap) the Clear selected link.
Show everything - To set the filter options to their default states and display all the patient's images, click (or tap) the Show everything link.
The image list displays the images that match your filter criteria. Additionally, if you select a series of images, the first image of that series that matches the criteria is selected and shown in the viewing area.
Click (or tap) the X in the upper-right corner of or anywhere outside of the Narrowing Down the Results menu to close the menu.
With an image (intraoral or extraoral; X-ray or photo), a series (such as a full mouth series or bitewings), a CAD/CAM scan, or a 3D volume selected, do any of the following:
Navigate the series - (For a series only) To navigate between the images of that series, click (or tap) each image of the series under Image Navigator. A larger version of the current image (highlighted with a yellow box) in the series appears in the viewing area.
Note: You can also click (or tap) the Previous and Next buttons to navigate between the images in the set.
Zoom in/out - (For an image, series, or CAD/CAM scan only) To increase the zoom level (zoom in), move the Zoom slider to the right. To decrease the zoom level (zoom out), move the slider to the left. If you are using a mouse, you can also zoom in and out by positioning the pointer over the image (the pointer will change to cross hairs) and then rotating the scroll wheel of your mouse.
If you increase the zoom so that the whole image no longer fits in the viewing area, the Pan dialog box appears. Drag the red box around on the thumbnail image in the dialog box to display the area within the red box in the main viewing area. Additionally, the Pan dialog box automatically hides two seconds after you move your pointer away from the dialog box or click (or tap) elsewhere, and it reappears if you position your pointer or click (or tap) in the lower-right corner of the viewing area where the dialog box had appeared previously.
Quickly resize - (For an image or series only) By default Dentrix Ascend Imaging displays images as large as it can in the viewing area. This can cause the images from some older devices or programs to look fuzzy or grainy. To view the image smaller and sharper, click (or tap) the Smaller/Larger button . The button becomes orange . To view the image as large as it can be and still all fit in the viewing area, click (or tap) the button again.
Note: The state of the Smaller/Larger button also affects the preview size of images during some acquisitions and the size of images in the Image Peek dialog box. The state of the button is stored per computer (or device).
View full screen - To view the image full screen, click (or tap) the Full Screen button . To return to the normal view mode, click (or tap) the Normal Mode button .
View the entire series - (For a series only) To view all the images in the series at once in the viewing area, click (or tap) the Series Mode button .
While viewing a series, do any of the following as needed:
Zoom in and out.
By default, the acquisition date and corresponding tooth numbers for each image appear. To hide the those details temporarily, click (or tap) the Show/Hide image information button (which is orange to indicate that the details are being displayed).
If the acquisition date and corresponding tooth numbers for each tooth are hidden, to show those details, click (or tap) the Show/Hide image information button (which is gray to indicate that the details are not being displayed).
Then, to return to the single-image view mode, do one of the following:
Click (or tap) an image in the viewing area to view only that image.
Click (or tap) an image under Image Navigator to view only that image.
Click (or tap) the Single Mode button .
View recaptured images - (For an X-ray image or series only) If the image being displayed has been recaptured, View Recaptured is available (as a button or an option on the More menu).
To view other versions of the image, choose which one should be active (visible when viewing the exam), or move a version to another slot within the exam, do the following:
Either click (or tap) the View Recaptured button, or select the View Recaptured option on the More menu.
The View Recaptured Images dialog box appears. The current image appears on the left; other versions, on the right.
Note: Dentrix Ascend always stores all original and recaptured images.
To navigate between each version, next to Recaptured Image, click (or tap) the Previous and Next buttons .
Do one of the following:
To use the image under Recaptured Image instead of the one under Current Image as the active (visible) image when the exam is being viewed, click (or tap) Replace Current.
To move the image under Recaptured Image to a different slot in the exam, do the following:
Click (or tap) Move Recaptured.
The Move Recaptured Image dialog box appears.
Drag the thumbnail image to a different slot.
Click (or tap) Confirm.
The image has been moved, as indicated by the green check mark.
Click (or tap) Close.
Resize a view - (For a 3D volume only) To resize one of the views (coronal, sagittal, or axial) of the 3D volume to fill the viewing area, click (or tap) the corresponding Toggle Displaying Full Panel button (outward-pointing arrows on the button indicate that the view is normal). To return to the normal view mode, click (or tap) the Toggle Displaying Full Panel button (inward-pointing arrows on the button indicate that the view is expanded).
Rotate anatomy - (For a 3D volume only) If the anatomy is crooked, to rotate the plane for a slice view (to move the slice plane axis), in the Coronal, Sagittal, or Axial view box, right-click and drag up or down. The other two views adjust accordingly to the rotation that you specify. The axis can be rotated from -45 to +45 degrees about the slice center point.
Note: If the 3D volume has any annotations or measurements, the Change Image Rotation message appears, explaining that the annotations and measurements will be cleared if you rotate the volume. To allow the anatomy to rotate, click Clear Annotations/Measurements; otherwise, click Cancel.
Navigating through the slices - (For a 3D volume only) To navigate through the slices of the 3D volume, drag the slider next to the Coronal, Sagittal, or Axial view. As you drag the slider, the slice plane indicators (crosshairs) of the other two views adjust accordingly. Drag the sliders of the other views as needed. Alternatively, you can click (or tap) anywhere on a view to move the slice plane indicators to that spot.
Changing the slice thickness - (For a 3D volume only) To change the thickness of the slices for the 3D volume, select a different value from the Thickness list: 0.20 mm, 0.40 mm, 0.60 mm, 0.80 mm, or 1.00 mm.
Reset the views - (For a 3D volume only) After adjusting the slice plane indicators and/or changing the slice thickness, to return to the default position and thickness, click (or tap) the Reset Workup button .
To hide/show the slice plane indicators - (For a 3D volume only) To hide the slice plane indicators (crosshairs) while you are viewing the 3D volume, click (or tap) the Show/hide slice plane indicators button (yellow on the button indicates that they are visible). To return to viewing the slice plane indicators, click the Show/hide slice plane indicators button again (only gray on the button indicates that they are hidden).
To view the histogram or a rendered 3D image - (For a 3D volume only) By default, a histogram appears in the lower-right box. To view a rendered 3D image of the volume (all slices of the volume are combined), click (or tap) the Swap for Volume Render Panel button .
While viewing the rendered 3D image, do the following as needed:
To hide the volume plane indicators, click (or tap) the Show/hide volumne plane indicators button (yellow on the button indicates that they are visible). To return to viewing the volume plane indicators, click (or tap) the Show/hide volume plane indicators button again (no yellow on the button indicates that they are hidden).
To rotate the image to view it from the left side, click (or tap) the Snap to left view button .
To rotate the image to view it from the right side, click (or tap) the Snap to right view button .
To rotate the image to view it from the front, click (or tap) the Snap to front view button . When the image is rendered initially, the front view is displayed by default.
To return to viewing the histogram, click (or tap) the Swap for Histogram Panel button .
Note: To ability to render a 3D image and the speed with which it is accomplished depends on the size of the volume and either the onboard graphics processor or the discrete graphics card of your computer. If the image does not render, resize the browser window to make the view smaller, and then perform a hard refresh of the page (the clear cache and hard reload option in a Chrome browser); otherwise, you may need to upgrade your graphics hardware.
Saving a snapshot - (For a 3D volume only) To save a copy of the 3D volume as it is currently being viewed as a two-dimensional image (.jpg file) that can be attached to an insurance claim, click (or tap) Snapshot.