Patient Picture

In the Family Module, at the upper left, is the Patient Picture.

Optionally, it will also display when you hover over an appointment in the Appointments Module.

Add a Patient Picture

The category marked as Patient Pictures usage in Definitions: Image Categories should be used to store patient pictures. By default, this is the Patient Pictures category of the Imaging Module. The most recent image in this category is used as the patient picture. Typical file types are jpg, gif, and png.

Take a Picture

To take the patient's picture, use a webcam or digital camera, then save the image in an appropriate file format (jpg, gif, or png).

Webcams can be used in Open Dental to take a patient photo using Video Capture. An active registration key or trial version is required.

Alternatively, if a webcam has a TWAIN driver is installed, users can take a patient picture using the scan button. The scan button does not support a live feed so users will not be able to view the image before it is taken. If there are no other scanners, the webcam can be set as the default scanner, otherwise users should enable Show Select Scanner Window in Imaging Quality to select the webcam when clicking the scan button.

Note: We are unable to give recommendations regarding specific models of webcam due to the vast number of models and differences in customer hardware. See Imaging Camera Compatibility for additional information.

Import a Picture

If the picture is not taken directly in Open Dental (e.g., saved elsewhere on the computer), users have two options to import the picture.

Option 1:

  1. Select the image category marked for Patient Pictures usage.
  2. Click Import.
  3. Select the image to import and click OK.
  4. Enter any image details (e.g., name, date, etc). Ensure category is set to the correct Patient Pictures usage category.
  5. Click OK.

Option 2:

  1. Locate the picture in the File Explorer.
  2. Drag and drop the file into the Image Module category marked for Patient Pictures usage.
  3. Enter any image details (e.g., name, date, etc). Ensure category is set to the correct Patient Pictures usage category.
  4. Click OK

Remove a Patient Picture

To permanently remove a picture, in the Images Module, right-click the image file and select Delete.

To add or remove the patient picture from the appointment bubble:

  1. In the Main Menu, click Setup, Display Fields.
  2. Double click on Appointment Bubble.
  3. Move Patient Picture to or from the Fields Showing list.
  4. Click OK to save.