Digital Radiography & Imaging 3 - Daily Use


Depending on your principle of MacPractice you will either see Digital Radiography or Imaging in the toolbar. If you don't see either of these abilities, right click in the toolbar and select customize from the menu. Drag the appropriate ability into your toolbar.

The acronym CAPTURE has been created to help you remember the basic workflow of the DR ability within MacPractice. Using this workflow will ensure that your images are successfully imported into MacPractice.

The C in CAPTURE stands for Create a Patient Visit.
Creating a patient visit is very simple. Begin by selecting the Patients with Visits node in the sidebar and click the green plus. MacPractice will prompt you to select a patient from the database. Select your patient and click the green plus in the middle of the screen to create your patient visit.

The next letter A is to remind you to Add the Visit Details.
This is completed in the pop-up window by adding a visit name, provider, office, and layout. You will notice that you can back date the images by selecting an incident and adding any additional notes into MacPractice.

P is for Position your Sensor.
Position your sensor with the Patient to get the image that you need to import into MacPractice.

T stands for Take the Image.
Take the images with the drivers that came with your camera or sensors. If your setup was done correctly, MacPractice should automatically import the images into MacPractice and place them into the correct placeholder.

The U in CAPTURE is for Use any post-processing tools.
Post-processing tools involve changing the image attributes such as the tooth number and adding a filter or annotation. Right click the image to make a selection from the right click menu. You will notice that you have the option to quickly relabel the image with a tooth number. You also have the ability to rotate the image or apply any preset to the image.
Select Open Image from the right click menu. If you would like to change the appearance of the image or add any annotation. MacPractice will open the image into a new window with additional tools. Try using these tools on a test patient to see all of the features that are available to you. You may also find additional information on the MacPractice help site.
Be sure to save your changes by using the Edit menu or the keyboard shortcut, Command S. If an image has been annotated with MacPractice, you will notice a little A displayed on the image. Double click the image to see the annotations.

R is for Review the Layout.
Change the layout that was used by selecting the dropdown box above the patient's images. This might be needed if the wrong layout was used or if a special layout is needed for a referral letter.

Finally, the E in CAPTURE stands for Export, Print, Or View in Full Screen Mode.
Full resolution can be exported from MacPractice by right clicking on the image and selecting export. You will notice that you have the option to export the original image or the image as it is now. Most often you will also want to export a view of the entire layout. This can be done by printing the visit. You can print by using the file menu or with the keyboard shortcut, Command P.
Click to show more details then select MacPractice from the middle drop down box. The following options will allow you to select the image layout. You can select how many images you want per page or you can select to print the images as laid out.

If the patient is in the office you may want to show them a full screen view of their images. Use the full screen button above the patient's images to change to full screen mode. The full screen mode with allow you to select a different visit and a different layout. You will also have the option to see the images in the layout or just one selected image.

If you have set up the zoom feature on your computer, you can hold the control key down and scroll up using your mouse to zoom in on a specific image. Scroll down to turn off the zoom feature. The setup video in this series will show you how to set up this feature if it isn't available on your computer.

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