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Bridge - Patterson Imaging 

Patterson Imaging website. Our bridge only works with Patterson Imaging version 15 or newer.

Note: Patterson discontinued their Patterson Imaging software on 2/17/2017. Patterson no longer sells licenses or offers support on this product.

  1. To activate the bridge, in the Main Menu, click Setup, Program Links.
  2. Double click on Patterson Imaging in the list.
  3. Check the Enabled box.
  4. Verify the Path of file to open and Additional Properties.
  5. Click OK. You will now have a button in your Chart module labeled 'PattersonImg'.

The Path of file to open can vary depending on where the .exe is stored on your computer. It may be C:\Patterson Imaging\Shared Files\Imaging.exe.

How the Bridge Works

  • The bridge matches patients based on SSN. If SSN is not present, then it matches on FirstName, LastName, BirthDate.
  • If no patient is found matching those criteria, then it creates a new patient in Patterson Imaging. 
  • Before version 12.2.6, the patient middle initial and preferred name were sent when bridging. This was sometimes a problem because, if the middle initial or preferred name were later changed in Open Dental, then Patterson would interpret this as a new patient the next time the bridge was used. Patterson would then create a new patient. So we no longer send this information.


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