University of Louisville Magazine


The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 31 of 75

30 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM to dental implant placement," said Gerald T. Grant, professor and interim chair of OHR. Grant says combining the expertise of engineers, prosthodontists and radiologists is "a recipe for innovation in the area of medical modeling and design." Under the leadership of Ed Tackett, director of Uof L's Additive Manu- facturing Education and manager of the AMCC; Tim Gornet, manager of Uof L's Rapid Prototyping Center operations; and Grant, who also serves as president of the Advanced Digital Technologies Foundation, Uof L is establishing a digital health care innovation center. According to Grant, the innovation center will make Uof L experts available to develop research and provide consultation for start-up and existing commercial companies, train dentists and physicians for use of in-house printers and medical models and explore biocompatible resins using materials like hemp oils, soybean and synthetic bone. In addition to the new 3D Virtual Print Lab, the School of Dentistry has added a facial imaging system, 3dMD Temporal Face, thanks in part to funding from Straumann. Using multiple cameras in the 3D photographic suite, the technology captures 10 frames per second for several minutes at high resolution and automatically generates a continuous moving 3D image. Grant says this unique system captures a patient's facial movement  and can be measured and registered to other software. "It will be the only system of its kind in Kentucky and is applicable to use with oral-maxillofacial surgery and reconstruction, ENT and neurosurgi- cal analysis for pre- and post-surgical intervention and full mouth dental reconstructions," said Grant. Grant U of L is poised to become a premier center for 3D-based digital dental and medical care through the recent installation of several advanced technologies at the School of Dentistry, including a new 3D Virtual Print Lab (3D-VPL) capable of designing and manufacturing accurate life-size resin models of jaw bones, parts of faces and even entire skulls. These models help doctors plan surgeries and design surgical guides. The lab is a joint initiative between the school's Division of Radiology and Imaging Science and the Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation (OHR), in collaboration with Uof L's Additive Manufacturing Compe- tency Center and J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Researchers in these areas, along with biomedical engi- neers, are engaged in the evaluation of new printers and resins, as well as assessment of software applications for customized patient care. "These models and guides allow for better predictability of surgical pro- cedures from facial reconstruction Professor Gerald Grant works with a 3D model. TOOTH TECH Digital advances in dentistry mean big wins for customized patient care

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of University of Louisville Magazine - WINTER-SPRING 2018