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The World’s First Full-Color, 3D X-rays Are Freaking Me Out

July 19, 2018

But after 120+ years, x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-color images that reveal far more than just the bones inside you. These images will improve what a doctor can diagnose without cutting you open… …smaller test versions of this scanner are already being used to study cancer, as well as bone […]

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Accuracy evaluation of dental models manufactured by CAD/CAM milling method and 3D printing method

July 17, 2018

RESULTS The RMS value (152±52 µm) of the model manufactured by the milling method was significantly higher than the RMS value (52±9 µm) of the model produced by the 3D printing method. CONCLUSION The accuracy of the 3D printing method is superior to that of the milling method, but at present, both methods are limited […]

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Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about

July 16, 2018

The user can have a consultation with a certified dentist in their area while state-of-the-art technology allows the consumer to share focused imagery of the affected area so that the problem can be precisely diagnosed. Source: Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about I like this as it is in essence a mini, patient initiated, […]

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A team of AI algorithms just crushed humans in a complex computer game

June 28, 2018

From MIT Technology Review: This is an important and novel direction for AI, since algorithms typically operate independently. Approaches that help algorithms cooperate with each other could prove important for commercial uses of the technology. AI algorithms could, for instance, team up to outmaneuver opponents in online trading or ad bidding. Collaborative algorithms might also cooperate […]

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Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

June 26, 2018

From McKinsey & Company: Blockchain’s core advantages are decentralization, cryptographic security, transparency, and immutability. It allows information to be verified and value to be exchanged without having to rely on a third-party authority. Rather than there being a singular form of blockchain, the technology can be configured in multiple ways to meet the objectives and commercial […]

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Using virtual reality to distract people from pain gains traction in hospitals.

June 18, 2018

From The Washington Post: Clarke and Martucci represent a growing number of patients treated with virtual-reality distraction for pain in a hospital setting. Cedars-Sinai has used the technology on more than 2,500 patients since 2016, more than any other hospital in the world. Source: Using virtual reality to distract people from pain gains traction in hospitals. […]

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

June 11, 2018

I am reading this now, about half way through and highly recommend it.

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ADA 2018 To Feature Course On Teledentistry

May 24, 2018

From ADA News: Dr. Paul Glassman, a professor of dental practice at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and immediate past chair of the ADA’s National Eldercare Advisory Committee, will co-present the course Using Teleheath Technology to Reach Underserved Populations (5805) at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting in Honolulu […]

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Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic?

May 15, 2018

From Bloomberg: Digital currencies have been accused of worsening the opioid crisis because they make it easier to buy and sell drugs anonymously. Now Intel Corp. and the pharmaceutical industry are planning to fight fire with fire. The chipmaker, working with health companies, aims to use so-called blockchain technology — similar to the one that underpins […]

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Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare

May 3, 2018

From Singularity Hub: Among the examples cited in his interview, Jacobstein referenced a 2017 breakthrough at Stanford University where an AI system was used for skin cancer identification. To train the system, the team showed a convolutional neural network images of 129,000 skin lesions. The system was able to differentiate between images displaying malignant melanomas and […]

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Simondent Virtual Reality

May 1, 2018

Amazing. The next step will be actual virtual patients.

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Tooth-Mounted Sensor Offers New Method to Track Diet

April 30, 2018

From Healthcare Analytics News: Scientists at Tufts University have developed a tooth-mounted sensor that can automatically track a person’s glucose, salt, and alcohol intake as they are consumed, according to a new study… The sensor measures just 2 millimeters by 2 millimeters, but it’s capable of both identifying nutrients and sending intake information wirelessly to a […]

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VR is poised to revolutionize dentistry

April 26, 2018

From DrBicuspid: (login required) A complicated case is scheduled for tomorrow. You’ve already looked over the scans and come up with a treatment plan, but you still want a little extra preparation. So you load a file on your computer, slip on your virtual reality headset, and run through the case from start to finish. […]

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Google Launches Artificial Intelligence Microscope to Detect Cancer, AI Based on Machine Learning From Pathologists

April 19, 2018

On Monday, Google announced a new microscope that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to identify cancer cells, enabling a speedy diagnosis that could save lives. To achieve this feat, Google hired a team of pathologists to train a computer, enabling the computer to learn what to look for to diagnose cancer early. […]

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Are You OK with Having a Robot Dentist?

April 12, 2018

From Healthline:: As eager as many sectors are to embrace artificial intelligence and robots, dental patients are only lukewarm to the idea of an autonomous machine operating within the tight confines of their mouths. In an online survey of more than 500 people, researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida asked people how they felt […]

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The world’s first blockchain toothbrush lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth

April 3, 2018

From TechNode: …we are just now beginning to see what silly creative ways will this technology be applied. The newest example from China is a blockchain-based toothbrush by Shenzhen-based 32Teeth, Source: The world’s first blockchain toothbrush lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth · TechNode This brush mines crypto-currency for you while you brush. It also […]

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From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline

March 29, 2018

From STAT: Backed by a growing body of evidence, software is itself becoming a prescription for diseases ranging from depression to heart disease, and drug companies are starting to take notice. In the past couple years, many have quickly ramped up their investments in digital startups, infusing software-based therapies into pipelines once dominated by traditional […]

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STL (file format)

March 22, 2018

From Wikipedia: STL (an abbreviation of “stereolithography”) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems.[1][2][3] STL has several after-the-fact backronyms such as “Standard Triangle Language” and “Standard Tessellation Language”.[4] This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided […]

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3D printing advantages for dentistry

March 12, 2018

Both the material and the so-termed FAB family of printers have the aim of increasing efficiency and reducing the number of procedures necessary to produce dental prostheses. The printers can generate five-element precision bridges in less than 20 minutes. Source: 3D printing advantages for dentistry 3D is coming fast.

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A data driven revolution in health care is coming

March 1, 2018

From The Economist: Future AIs could, for instance, provide automated medical diagnosis from a description of your symptoms, spot behavioural traits that suggest you are depressed or identify if you are at special risk of cardiac disease. …The more patient data are analysed in the cloud or shared with different firms, the greater the potential […]

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