Volume 9 • 2022 • Issue 6

Drs. Major and Le are interviewed on CDA Oasis: bit.ly/3Ai3QwB working prototype that used ultrasound to create 2D images that showed bone and gum tissue. “We tested it and found that it is reliable and valid in assessing bone levels,” says Dr. Major. Dr. Le says that the ultrasound prototype uses high frequencies to get the level of detail needed to plan orthodontic and periodontal treatment. “On a technical level, the tracking equipment has to be very precise to provide a high level of accuracy,” he says. Now, the team is working toward a device that can create 3D images. “Having a 2D image is like being in the forest with no bearings and no idea what’s happening in the neighbourhood,” says Dr. Le. “By transforming 2D images into 3D images, we will be able to look around at different angles, giving us a good view of the soft tissue, blood flow and bone.” Artificial intelligence (AI) will help non-expert operators use the device and interpret results. “One of the barriers to implementing this technology in clinical practice is having the dentist be able to interpret the images that they’re seeing,” says Dr. Major. “We’ve developed AI algorithms, which use machine learning to identify the biological structures we’re looking at. Those structures will be labeled on the display and different tissues will be displayed in different colours, so images can be quickly interpreted.” The 3D ultrasound will eventually be tested in clinical trials to diagnose periodontal gum disease. The researchers envision the system being used to guide dental implant design, monitor oral lesions and even diagnose cavities in the future. 15 Issue 6 | 2022 | News and Events SINCE 1923 ids-cologne.de 14 March 2023: Trade Dealer Day 40th International Dental Show MARCH 14-18, 2023 COLOGNE, GERMANY inclusive IDSconnect SHAPING THE DENTAL FUTURE 8770 West Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 1300 Chicago IL 60631 USA Tel. +1 773 326 9920 info@koelnmesse.us