From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to import your own clinical images into your BiteFX for Windows software.
BiteFX animations provide a powerful tool to help patients understand the nature of their occlusal disease. Combining BiteFX animations with clinical photographs of the patient’s teeth is a great way to help your patients understand, accept their condition, and be more open-minded towards accepting your treatment recommendations. When you see your patient's eyes light up with understanding, using imported pictures is sure to be a favorite way to present a BiteFX consultation.
First of all, let's be clear what we mean by the term "import". What we are actually describing is the process of creating a shortcut to an existing folder that contains the images you want to be able to select and display using the BiteFX application. So, when a folder is "imported" into BiteFX, the actual folder remains where it was last located, and when we remove a folder (also referred to as an "album") from BiteFX, the actual folder of pictures is not deleted, only the shortcut to that folder.
Let's start off with a few important facts you need to know:
- Images that can be imported and selected for view within BiteFX must be JPG, BMP, or PNG file formats. Although it is permissable to have other types of files contained within the same folder (e.g. MS Excel or MS Word documents), those files will not be visible and cannot be selected within BiteFX.
- Even if you only want to import a single image, that image file must be contained in a folder.
- We strongly recommend you create and maintain photos to be used in BiteFX on a shared server drive that all of your workstations with BiteFX installed can navigate to those folders. Note: If you wish to use the Information Sharing feature, the imported images must be saved to a Network shared drive.
- To avoid importing a large number of photographs into BiteFX, many of which you may not need for the patient's consultation, copy the images you will actually use into a separate folder (e.g., create a folder named "BiteFX" on a shared network drive, within that folder create a sub-folder named "BiteFX Photos", and then create individual patient and case picture folders inside that sub-folder).
Browse for the Folder
Option 1 - Browse Using the "Add new..." Button In the Album Panel
- Make sure the images you want to import are JPG, BMP or PNG files and are saved in a folder.
- With the BiteFX application started, click on the Album panel on/off button to open the Album panel:
- When the Album panel opens, click on the Add new... button:
Option 2 - Browse Using the "Add picture album" Button On the Main Screen
- With either the Animation panel, Picture panel or Album panel selected, click on the "Add picture album" button that is located at the lower right corner of the main screen:
Import the Album
- With either browse method described above, a Browse for Folder dialog will appear to navigate to the desired folder:
- Click on the folder name to highlight it, and then click on OK.
- A new thumbnail will appear in the Album panel and will look like the following:
- Note that there are two unique icons in the upper left and right corner of the imported album. In the upper left corner, a "Remove album" button appears as a red X to allow you to remove the album (i.e. folder shortcut) from BiteFX when it is no longer needed. In the upper right corner, a "Hide album" button, represented by the sillhouette of a person with the international "NO" symbol, appears that allows you to comply with HIIPA or similar regulations that prohibit the sharing of ID or medical records by hiding the images in that folder from view. For step-by-step instructions how to hide and unhide imported images, read the blog "How to Use the Hide/Unhide Images Controls in BiteFX for Windows".
- Once a folder has been imported, all of the images in that folder will now appear in the Picture panel. Rows of imported pictures will always be located below the rows of BiteFX provided albums as shown below:
Don't Move or Delete the FolderIf you want to continue viewing imported images in the BiteFX application, and if you save sequences that include imported images for future use, it is imperative that the folder of images not be moved or deleted!
- This will cause the BiteFX software to "lose track" of the folder's location so that the shortcuts to the images you created in the import process will no longer work.
- If you try to select a picture from an imported album whose source folder has been moved or deleted, even though that album's thumbnail and its individual image thumbnails will still appear in the Album panel and Picture panel, the displayed screen will be blank:
Adding Notes to Imported Images
Now that you have imported images into BiteFX, you can add your own notes so they will automatically appear in your BiteFX session report when the images are used in a recording. For detailed instructions how to add your notes, read the blog "Treatment Plan: Adding Session Notes to Imported Pictures".
If you need further assistance learning how to import images into BiteFX for Windows, please contact us by email at your convenience, or by telephone Mon-Fri 8am–5pm Pacific Time:
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