Development of an image operation system with a motion sensor in dental radiology

Radiol Phys Technol. 2015 Jul;8(2):243-7. doi: 10.1007/s12194-015-0313-6. Epub 2015 Apr 21.


During examinations and/or treatment, a dentist in the examination room needs to view images with a proper display system. However, they cannot operate the image display system by hands, because dentists always wear gloves to be kept their hands away from unsanitized materials. Therefore, we developed a new image operating system that uses a motion sensor. We used the Leap motion sensor technique to read the hand movements of a dentist. We programmed the system using C++ to enable various movements of the display system, i.e., click, double click, drag, and drop. Thus, dentists with their gloves on in the examination room can control dental and panoramic images on the image display system intuitively and quickly with movement of their hands only. We investigated the time required with the conventional method using a mouse and with the new method using the finger operation. The average operation time with the finger method was significantly shorter than that with the mouse method. This motion sensor method, with appropriate training for finger movements, can provide a better operating performance than the conventional mouse method.

MeSH terms

  • Dentistry*
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Electrical Equipment and Supplies*
  • Hand / physiology
  • Humans
  • Movement*
  • Radiology*
  • Time Factors
  • User-Computer Interface*