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3D dental computer-based patient record

This project is developing a 3D-based patient record for general dentistry.

To date, a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in human computer interaction, dental informatics and computer science has conducted a 14-week project to develop and evaluate a proof of concept for a 3-D dental record. The project implemented a prototypical patient record built around a 3-D model of a patient’s maxillofacial structures. Novel features include automatic retrieval of images and radiographs; a flexible view of teeth, soft tissue and bone; access to historical patient data through a timeline; and the ability to focus on a single tooth. We are currently developing the prototype further in order to study its effect on clinical decision-making. The last version of the executable project is at http://di.dental.pitt.edu/3dProject/3dDental-9.zip. This version will only run on slightly older versions of Flash Player. If someone could update the code to work with current platforms, that would be great.

Type of project: academic


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Titus Schleyer (University of Pittsburgh, Center for Dental Informatics)
Other involved People: Thankam Thyvalikakath Ovidiu Ciobanu Amit Kamat Madeleine Keehner
nilida mora ( star_blue)
Thankam Thyvalikakath (22 star_red)
sehrish memon (2 star_blue)
hamid reza dehghan (8 star_purple)


Is the project funded?no

Other information:

Duration of project:2006-present
Papers related to project:Schleyer, TK, Thyvalikakath, TP, Malatack, P, Marotta, M, Shah, TA, Phanichphant, P, Price, G, Hong, J. The feasibility of a three-dimensional charting interface for general dentistry. J Am Dent Assoc 2007 138: 1072-1080.
Personnel needed:3D programmer and developer HCI specialist psychologist

DIOC user:

titus schleyer (102 star_green), Center for Biomedical Informatics
titus schleyer's interests: digital imaging/image processing, clinical decision support, educational technology, practice management, computer-based patient records, patients and computers/consumer health informatics, implementation/maintenance of IT, evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources, research methods, library information sciences, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies


Mohammad Abughoush (2 ), 11/23/2014:

could not find the link at:

we are in the process building open source for non profit organization focus on dental care , looking for assistance in developing 3d teeth chart and related virtual product to improve patient and staff education.
titus schleyer (102 ), 07/24/2012:
Hi Hamid,

Thanks for your message. We never really made a decision on whether the project should be open source or not, but I put up a .zip file of the most recent code on our Website. The link is http://di.dental.pitt.edu/3dProject/3dDental-9.zip. If you would like to work on this further, please let me know. It would be great to have the project and/or its results applied in Iran.


hamid reza dehghan (8 ), 07/15/2012:
DEAR Titus Schleyer
titus schleyer (102 ), 09/11/2009:
Hi yun Qin,

Thank you very much for your message. Yes, software applications such as the ones offered by Nobel Biocare, which allow for 3-D reconstruction and manipulation, provide a lot of possibilities. We are focusing on aspects of information design, visual presentation and interaction design with respect to building a 3-D -based version of a general dental record. Clearly, that requires a lot of work on a number of issues, and unfortunately, we currently have very little funding for the project. I am thinking that if we get enough people worldwide excited about this, for instance through the DIOC, we could get much more done together and working alone. You also may want to check out www.dmdproject.com, which is a related project. Thanks again!
yun qin (43 ), 09/3/2009:
I am very interested in this project. As a dental student, I participated the seminar of Nobel Biocare World Tour 2008 at Shanghai, China. It was an amazing experience. I was deeply impressed by its 3D insight in patient's anatomy. The user can rotate the 3D model and view the dentition in any angle. What's more, the user can view any cross section of mandible by dragging and rotating the reslice plane, and highlight the nerves, dental roots or other anatomical structures. I think the 3D dental computer-based patient record will help a lot in dental practice because it can provide actual, detailed and precise information to dentists. I hope the NobelGuide software can offer some clues to this project. And if you'd like some detailed information about it, please contact the following link http://www1.nobelbiocare.com/en/digital-dentistry/home/default.aspx
saeid kazemi (8 ), 01/6/2008:
I like this field, I am wondering which computer language going to be used in the project? I am interested in 3D programming, it is possible to use JAVA and also Matlab is a good choice maybe. Send me more information please.



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