Submitting A Clinical Case: Guidelines

Biography

Limit: 725 characters including spaces

Please include your professional biography. Feel free to include information such as: degrees/certificates earned (as well as the universities/institutions at which they were earned); membership in professional organizations; military service; practice name and location; and philosophy/approach to treatment. Due to the character restrictions, this biography cannot be as detailed as a CV, but should serve as a good high-level summary of your professional accomplishments and experience.

Professional Headshot

Number Allowed: 1
Recommended Resolution: 300 dots per inch (DPI)

Please attach and upload your professional headshot. Keep in mind that its final dimensions in the clinical case will be roughly 1.6 in wide by 2 in tall.

Case Overview

Limit: Up to 1,000 characters with spaces

The case overview provides background information on the patient, your clinical observations, and how you used Carestream Dental imaging products for diagnostic purposes.

Please include a brief summary of the patient history, clinical examination(s), radiological examination(s), collaboration with other clinicians, and other information which enabled you to render a diagnosis in the case at issue. Please be sure to include your diagnosis and describe any valuable clinical information which was revealed or confirmed by the data you collected with your Carestream Dental imaging system.

Note that you will subsequently have the opportunity to describe your treatment recommendation(s), the course of treatment ultimately selected, and any post-treatment/post-operative, or follow-up observations or care in the “Treatment Plan” section.

Treatment Plan

Limit: up to 1,600 characters with spaces

Include a brief summary of your treatment recommendation(s) and the course of treatment ultimately selected by the patient (or the patient’s legal guardians).

Please also include any post-treatment/post-operative observations or care, including referrals.

Clinical Images with Captions

Limit: Up to eight clinical images
Recommended Resolution: 300 dots per inch (DPI)

Perhaps more than any component of clinical cases, high-resolution clinical images help convey the diagnostic utility of Carestream Dental imaging systems. Please select up to eight clinical images (slices, panoramic/cephalometric views, bitewings, periapical radiographs, photographs) which best convey your process of observing, diagnosing, and treating the patient. Acceptable image formats include: JPG, TIFF, and EPS. (Please note: we are not asking you to upload volumetric datasets, but rather any relevant 3D images generated from the data.)

Ideally, these will be the clinical images you relied upon most heavily when rendering your diagnosis, planning treatment options, monitoring/observing patient progress, or evaluating post-operative/post-treatment outcomes.

With each clinical image, please include a one-sentence caption which summarizes what the image is showing. If you are showing the same anatomical structure(s) or pathology in multiple images (for instance, preoperative axial and coronal slices of the same buccal plate trauma), please use the same clinical description for all the affected images.

The most effective images reveal clinical information that would have been difficult or impossible to discover or ascertain without the use of Carestream Dental imaging technology. Doctors should choose the set of images which best demonstrate the clinical advantages afforded by digital imaging and which correspond to their approach to patient care. For instance, a given endodontist may prefer to use CBCT only after a periapical radiograph is inconclusive. In that situation, both the inconclusive PA and the 3D image would be helpful to include, as both help convey the doctor’s diagnostic approach and use of clinical images. Likewise, a given orthodontist may capture a color photograph of patient dentition alongside a dual-jaw CBCT image; both would be appropriate to include in a clinical case.

Images featuring intricate anatomical structures or pathology (e.g., small root fractures) are often enhanced by the superimposition of colored arrows to draw the reader’s attention. Should you use superimposed arrows on your clinical images, please make sure the caption(s) at issue indicate(s) what the arrow is pointing out.

Some doctors like to include real-life measurements as part of the clinical images (e.g., mapping the dimensions of a lesion). If you believe that images with measurements are a valuable addition, please feel free to include them.

Note: if your clinical case is selected, a Carestream Dental representative will work with you to secure the necessary releases and other documentation.

Testimonial

Limit: Up to 2,000 characters with spaces

Please include a brief testimonial explaining the benefits of using CBCT imaging for the case or type of pathology at hand. Where appropriate, please note whether CBCT imaging revealed information that enabled you to avoid more invasive procedures (e.g., exploratory procedures) or treatment plan which would have been less desirable from your standpoint or that of the patient. You are also encouraged to articulate any benefits to referring doctors or ways in which CBCT facilitated multi-disciplinary care (e.g., collaboration between an orthodontist and oral surgeon).

You are also free to include any additional general benefits of CBCT imaging you have uncovered in your practice (e.g., boosting case acceptance, cutting down on number of patient visits necessary, reducing treatment time, etc.).