Brazilian Dental Journal
versão impressa ISSN 0103-6440
FERREIRA, José Tarcísio Lima e TELLES, Carlos de Souza. Evaluation of the reliability of computerized profile cephalometric analysis. Braz. Dent. J. [online]. 2002, vol.13, n.3, pp. 201-204. ISSN 0103-6440. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-64402002000300012.
The use of computers as an auxiliary instrument for case evaluation and procedures in health sciences is not new, and their advantages are well known. A growing number of orthodontists are using computerized systems for cephalometric analysis. Thus, this study evaluated the reliability of both computerized and manual methods used for creating profile cephalograms. Fifty profile radiographs were selected from the files of the Post-Graduate Course in Orthodontics at the Dental School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The good quality of the material was the only necessary requirement for selection. Results were submitted to the interclass correlation coefficient and a reliable similarity between cephalometric data obtained through both evaluated methods was found. However, the clinical utilization of computerized cephalometric analysis is not absolutely reliable.
Palavras-chave : cephalometry; computer; reliability.