In 2006, while wandering the exhibits at the ADA meeting, I came across the Dental R.A.T. This is a device that was invented by a hygienist who was looking for a better way to do perio charting on a computer. She had found the keyboard to be frustrating and slow so she began to try and think of an alternative input system.
What she devised was a computer mouse that is controlled by your foot. Hence the large mouse (or a Rat) was born. The R.A.T. ( for Remote Access Terminal) is a cordless and battery operated mouse that is placed on the floor of the operatory. From there, the user can put their foot on teh device and fully control the computer in a manner that is completely hands-free.
It is set up to allow for complete computer control as well as perio charting. This is accomplished by having buttons on the device that correspond to the numbers recorded during perio probing.
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