Dental practice in Japan uses camera to avoid closeup exams, cut risk of COVID-19 spread

Japanese dentist Hidehiro Fujie has been affixing a camera in patients' mouths during procedures to reduce his contact with aerosols amid the pandemic, according to Mainichi Shimbun.

The camera, which Dr. Fujie can manipulate with one hand, transmits a live feed showing the inside of a patient's mouth to a monitor. This significantly reduces dentists' need to peer into patients' mouths and allows him to maintain about 20 inches of distance from a patient's mouth when he uses an aerosol-producing drill.

Since patients can also view the camera's monitor, the method also allows Dr. Fujie to explain his treatment to patients as he gives it.

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