From: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD Assoc. Professor and Director, Center for Dental Informatics School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
We are currently working on conducting a study that will investigate whether providing 3D models of a patient situation (derived from CBCT imaging or similar) is helpful to improve clinical decision making among _general_ practitioners. Of course, 3D imaging has been used quite heavily in many dental specialties for a while, but most general dentists have had only limited exposure to it. We believe that in certain clinical situations and circumstances, 3D will be useful to help general practitioners make more accurate, better or faster decisions than is the case with traditional methods. Our study is designed to find the whether, when, how and how much of this theoretical improvement.
For the study, we are looking for de-identified case material from real patients. I would like to ask for your help with this. We are looking for patient cases that are documented with radiographs and CBCT, where “CBCT” made the difference, either in a small or large way. We are thinking of things like multi-rooted molars for root canal therapy; first upper molars with 2 canals in the mesial-buccal root; assessment of an impacted third molar for extraction; advanced periodontal disease, especially with buccal and lingual bone defects; non-trivial implant cases.
In all the cases, we are taking the perspective of the general dentist, not the specialist.
Please contact us if you possibly have patient material to contribute and we will give you details.
Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD
Assoc. Professor and Director, Center for Dental Informatics School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261