The National Institutes of Health, NIDCR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program This Interactive three-dimensional Atlas of Human Teeth was possible by an NIH grant (Grant Number 1-R43-DE-14018-1), through the National Institute of Dental & Cranialfacial Research Department. The SBIR program is a set-aside program designed to support innovative research conducted by small business concerns that has the potential for commercialization of the subject of the research. Innovation and the potential for commercialization are among the important factors included in the review criteria used in the scientific and technical merit evaluation process.
Henry Ford Health System Radiology Research: Radiology has a long history of technologic imaging advances that have enabled new methods for diagnosing diseases. In the last few decades, these innovations have included X-ray computed tomography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging. Basic research in the radiologic sciences is directed at continued technologic advances that either lower the cost of diagnostic procedures or provide early and accurate diagnosis. This research often requires sophisticated statistical study designs to measure the performance of new procedures. The Radiology Research Division at HFHS has specialized in x-ray imaging research and magnetic resonance image analysis for more than 15 years. Specialized image analysis methods that extract tissue information from image sequences are now being used in multi-center studies involving stroke and cancer. X-ray imaging research has focused on the performance of new technologies for digital radiography that do not require film recording. A special interest in small-scale computed tomography was initiated 15 years ago as part of a collaboration with Ford Motor Company. Early work lead to the development of instrument capable of examining specimens 10 mm in size to produce three-dimensional tomographic array of 500 x 500 x 500 with a spacing of 25 micrometers (0.001 inch). Methods recently developed are capable of examining specimens of .25 mm size with tomographic spacing of 0.5 micrometers (0.00002 inch). These imaging methods are of particular interest for bone and dental research.
SUMMIT (Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies) is a research and development lab in the Office of IRT (Information Resources and Technology) under the Associate Dean for Learning Technologies in the School of Medicine. SUMMIT is dedicated to putting Stanford University at the forefront of medical and life sciences education through the innovative use of information technology. The purpose of the Summit Lab is two-fold: create new technology that helps faculty, students and researchers develop innovative, interactive teaching software; and research methods of making these technologies easy and effective for authors as well as students. http://summit.stanford.edu
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RxRoots.com is the global online discussion and collaboration forum dedicated to Endodontics for the dental professional, the dental student, and the dental industry. www.rxroots.com
Atlas of Pediatric Dentistry The new electronic Atlas of Pediatric Dentistry is a comprehensive textbook of pediatric dentistry that is available online and by CD. An atlas format is used for most of the content, with text material supported by clinical images and illustrations. There are about 3,500 pages and 2,500 images. Surveys show that the majority of practicing dentists and students who use the Atlas prefer it over traditional texts. www.atlasofpediatricdentistry.org