Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Diagnocat Brings Artificial Intelligence to Dental 3D Imaging


Over the past few years we've seen A.I. make some impressive inroads in our world.  The funny thing about it is we often don't even see it.  Google and Apple have both done an amazing job of creating A.I. engines that can help you find that particular photo you are looking for.

Here's an experiment for you to try.  If you have a favorite pet, go to your images on your phone and in the search box, simply type in the type of animal it is.  Like "dog" or "cat".  Within seconds you should have every photo you've ever taken of that type of animal.  Not just  *your* dog mind you, but every dog or every cat in your images.  It's amazing and really cool.

The great thing about this is, say you're looking for pics of your cousin's wedding last year and you don't want to scroll through the other 3000 pics you've taken since then.  Just type in 'bride" and every picture of a bride will show up.  It's fast and a heck of a lot easier than endless scrolling.

It hasn't gotten nearly as much attention, or use for that matter, but over that same amount of time companies have been working on using A.I. for dental images as well.  Practically every company in dentistry that deals with imaging is working on some type of A.I. analysis to help locate disease and pathology.  These systems are Cloud based and harness the input from users to learn and become more accurate.

I've been fortunate enough to work with some of these programs and it is a tremendous adjunct to have the system indicating areas of concern for you.  A.I. provides an unbiased opinion and can help the doctor make better decisions.

One of the systems that I feel shows promise is one called Diagnocat.  This system will analyze 2D and 3D images and then offer feedback based on what it analyzes in the images.  While the analysis itself is pretty amazing as a component, what I really find amazing is the analysis of 3D CBCT images.

The DICOM data set is uploaded to the Diagnocat server (it is setup HIPAA compliant) and the A.I. algorithm generates a report with a panoramic format.  Under that image is a dental chart that colors each tooth according to what is discovered - healthy, unhealthy, and previously treated.  The diagnostic findings that are generated by the A.I. engine have 98% accuracy according to the company.

It even makes treatment recommendations such as "#3, Crown, caries at margin" which the doctor can evaluate clinically and then propose treatment as the see fit.

It's an incredible 'unblinking eye' that looks at everything submitted and then makes recommendations.  It is, of course, up to the doctor to make the final treatment decisions.  Software does not treat patients, doctors treat patients.

Whether you have 2D or 3D imaging doesn't matter.  Diagnocat can help make your diagnosis better.  The company offers the service for a monthly fee.  If you are interested in A.I., this is something to take a close look at.  I especially think it is important for doctors implementing complicated treatment plans who need to make sure every possible situation is evaluated.

Find out more at diagnocat.com. 

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