Mijin Choi, DDS, MS

Title:  Ultrasonography as Diagnostic Imaging Technology in Dentistry

 

Synopsis:  Ultrasound imaging has been investigated as a dental diagnostic instrument since 1960. Ultrasound pulse echo systems have been used to locate the dentino-enamel junction (DEJ), the dentin/pulp interface, to measure the shape and size of the pulp chamber, and to identify cracked teeth. Other uses include measurement of thickness of the oral mucosa, detection of bone loss due to periodontitis, and identification of endodontic pathology. Ultrasonographic dental images may be captured and communicated among dental care professionals and patients to benefit prosthodontists with (1) time-efficient decision making, (2) diagnosis, and (3) surgical site evaluation. Interestingly, ultrasound imaging captures reflectance data in a plane perpendicular to that of transmitted X-rays. These advantages, as well as the absence of ionizing radiation attracted many researchers to further advance ultrasound imaging technology. The aim of this presented study was to develop and demonstrate proof of the concept of a customized ultrasound imaging system in locating and measuring the depth of implants submerged beneath soft tissue.

 

Course Objectives:

 

1.      Learn dental applications of ultrasonography

2.      Learn potential applications of ultrasonography in implant dentistry

3.    Show the concept of a customized ultrasound imaging system in locating and measuring the depth of implants submerged beneath soft tissue

 

Bio:  Dr. Choi received her DDS degree from Columbia University and her post-doctoral specialty certificates in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics from University of Maryland and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center respectively.  During her post-doctoral training, she also obtained a Master of Science in Oral Biology and Board certification in Prosthodontics.  Dr. Choi is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University of College of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics.