Technical note: A freeware, equitable approach to dental topographic analysis

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Morley, M.J. and Berthaume, M. (2023). Technical note: A freeware, equitable approach to dental topographic analysis. American Journal of Biological Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24807
AuthorsMorley, M.J. and Berthaume, M.
Abstract

Dental topographic analysis has proved a valuable tool for quantifying dental morphology. Established workflows often use proprietary software for pre-processing dental surfaces, rendering the method expensive and inaccessible to many. This study explores the use of freeware pre-processing alternatives. We tested 4 decimation tools and 13 smoothing tools across 7 different freeware packages. Surfaces generated via proprietary software could not be replicated, but it was possible to obtain statistically similar measurements using freeware. Based on this investigation, we propose a freeware workflow for researchers to conduct dental topographic analysis, with the expectation that their results will be comparable to that obtained through proprietary methods.

Year2023
JournalAmerican Journal of Biological Anthropology
PublisherWiley
ISSN 2692-7691
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24807
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24807
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Online26 Jul 2023
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Accepted23 Jun 2023
Deposited27 Jul 2023
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