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Diagnostics

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Covid and The Canary

August 11, 2020

Dr. Stephen Abrams is a dentist in Toronto, he is also the creator of The Canary System a revolutionary system to detect changes in the crystalline structure of dental enamel. This allows us to detect early decay, enamel dysplasia and even early fractures which are undetectable using conventional diagnostic procedures. Recently he wrote me the following […]

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Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

August 3, 2020

From  Reuters: Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Source: Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms? – Reuters The linked article hits many of my hot buttons regarding future […]

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Hi Tech Diagnostics

July 21, 2020

How do you find decay? Poke the tooth with a sharp stick? How do you pick a shade? Hold up a paint chip and pick what looks the best? How do you measure a perio pocket? Push in a dip stick? How do you check for TMJ problems? Put your fingers over the joint and […]

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Digital dentistry: The new state of the art — Is it disruptive or destructive?

July 6, 2020

From  ScienceDirect: Following is the summary of this scientific article by E. Dianne Rekow, King’s College, London. Digital innovations have unquestionably disrupted dentistry. With these innovations, patient experience has improved. More restoration options are available delivering longer lifetimes, and better esthetics. Fresh approaches are bringing greater efficiency and accuracy, capitalizing on the interest, capabilities, and skills of […]

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EasyRiter

April 20, 2020



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Artificial intelligence may not be better than experts at reading medical scans

March 30, 2020

This story is not about…you know what. From UPI.com: A new study casts doubt on claims that artificial intelligence (AI) equals or surpasses the ability of human experts to interpret medical images. Source: Artificial intelligence may not be better than experts at reading medical scans – UPI.com They claim earlier studies were flawed.

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Walter Reed failed to examine nearly 2K dental CT scans, investigation finds

December 5, 2019

From Becker’s Review: If you read the article it doesn’t really amount to much. Supposedly no pathology was missed and no one was damaged by the failure to read the scans. If that is true, is there really any value to insisting that all CBCT scans be read by a trained radiologist? At this time […]

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SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics

August 26, 2019

SmileSnap is the Leading Virtual Consultation Software and App for the Dental Industry. Grow your practice and start more patients with our patient analytics and metrics dashboard. Source: SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics I just talked to the developers of this new service. I like a lot of the […]

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For Many Diabetes Patients, Skin Patches and Phones Are Replacing Finger Pricks

August 19, 2019

From WSJ: Wearable blood-sugar monitors deliver round-the-clock glucose readings—and relief from the daily grind of finger-stick blood testsB Diabetes patients are increasingly using electronic skin patches and their phones, instead of pricking their fingers, to do the complex job of managing a disease that affects more than 30 million Americans. Source: For Many Diabetes Patients, Skin […]

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Artificial Intelligence Better At Diagnosing Skin Cancer Than Dermatologists

August 6, 2019

From Study Finds: …an artificial intelligence program trained to identify and diagnose skin cancer in humans proved to show greater accuracy when pitted against dermatologists. Researchers from the U.S., Germany, and France used an AI system called the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to detect skin cancer by showing it more than 100,000 images of malignant melanomas […]

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Alexa and HIPAA

July 30, 2019

From Los Angeles Times: She told me the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aka HIPAA, the federal medical-privacy law passed in 1996, never anticipated a scenario in which people would willingly disclose confidential medical information to a private company via a voice-activated computer in their living room. “HIPAA doesn’t apply to Amazon in this situation,” […]

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FDA grapples with AI medical devices

June 27, 2019

From Roll Call: Imagine a not-too-distant future when medical devices powered by artificial intelligence continuously adapt to new symptoms presented by patients and learn how to make accurate diagnoses much like a well-trained physician would. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing for such a future and weighing how to assess and certify such medical devices, […]

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From Terrifying to Terrific: The Creative Journey of the Adventure Series

June 20, 2019

This is so cool. From GE Healthcare The Pulse: In the Pirate Adventure, a visual transformation of the equipment that was available before, patients are on a dock. There is a shipwreck and some sand castles in the corner. Children then work on the plank to be scanned.  The Coral City Adventure in the emergency room […]

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Study tests imaging modalities’ accuracy on root canal anatomy

May 30, 2019

Cone-beam CT (CBCT) performed better than periapical radiography in detecting the apical delta in more than 100 premolars, but both modalities fell short compared with the gold standard of microcomputed tomography (micro-CT), t Source: Study tests imaging modalities’ accuracy on root canal anatomy

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CBCT can Detect root fractures

April 25, 2019

Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is useful in detecting vertical root fractures (VRF) in vivo even when the fracture line itself could not be visualized on CBCT, according to Russian researchers Source: Endodontics — April 12, 2019 What makes all of the amazing things possible we see with CBCT is that second “C” it stands for […]

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Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched,

April 18, 2019

Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, Source: Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, gadget owner reports

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A.I. Shows Promise Assisting Physicians

April 4, 2019

From NYT: In a paper published on Monday in Nature Medicine, the scientists reported that they had built a system that automatically diagnoses common childhood conditions — from influenza to meningitis — after processing the patient’s symptoms, history, lab results and other clinical data. The system was highly accurate, the researchers said,… …Dr. Kang Zhang, chief of […]

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One Drop integrates with iPhone’s health records

March 28, 2019

Interesting: The company’s mobile app enables people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to track blood sugar, medications, meals and physical activity through their iPhone, according to the company. It also allows people to set daily goals and view progress as well as connect with a broader community and personal coaches. Source: One Drop […]

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Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism

January 31, 2019

From POLITICO: The computer learned to perform data-collating tasks that might take a trained clinician hours or days to do in a matter of seconds, and “time is what we’re struggling with in cancer research,” Source: Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism – POLITICO This is amazing!! For details follow the […]

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Free Mobile App can help dentists during office medical emergencies

January 29, 2019

From ADA News: Dentists could benefit from using a free mobile application developed by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology… …After downloading the app, users choose from one of three provider level options: dentist using only local anesthesia or nitrous oxide or minimal and moderate sedation, dentist providing moderate intravenous sedation or dentist providing deep […]

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