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From left: Torsten Oemus, CEO of Dental Tribune International; award winner Dr Robert Gaudin of Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany and Dr Robert Gottlander, CEO and president of Neoss. (Image: Robert Strehler)
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Dental Tribune International

Sat. 18. March 2023


COLOGNE, Germany: Dr Robert Gaudin of Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany was honoured at the DT Award ceremony held during IDS for outstanding achievements in dentistry. The competition required clinicians to submit cases documenting how the best patient result could be achieved using digital media. By winning first place, Dr Gaudin received a NeoScan 1000 intra-oral scanner from Neoss. Dr Gaudin is both a dental and medical practitioner, completed studies at both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and has founded two companies.

The first-ever DT Award ceremony was held at the Neoss booth (#G010–H029, Hall 11.3), and the award was presented by Neoss CEO Dr Robert Gottlander. Neoss is an international Swiss-based company that specialises in implant solutions and biomaterials and graciously contributed the prize of the NeoScan 1000 to the competition.

Dr Gaudin submitted several cases for evaluation by the award jury, seeking with each to demonstrate the crucial role that accurate documentation plays in a dental clinic. He shared with Dental Tribune International that comparing and evaluating the data provided by radiographs and photographs can have a major impact for a dental provider legally and diagnostically, proving the value of using artificial intelligence (AI) to more quickly spot features not easily seen by a clinician in images.

The effort to avoid missing crucial diagnoses due to the weaknesses of interpreting radiographs is quite personal to Dr Gaudin, who in his time working at the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at Charité saw many patients who had been admitted because of oral lesions and other issues that had been missed by their dental provider even with proper imaging.

“I want this [winning] case to be visible because it shows that, even though you do the correct reporting for radiographs and you check visually, you may miss something. If you have time to go back and review those images, you may find things you may have missed in the beginning,” said Dr Gaudin.

Dr Gaudin commented that in one of the cases he shared at the Neoss booth at IDS a radiograph did not display a known filling, demonstrating how it was possible to miss significant findings and thus potential diagnoses even though the radiograph was taken correctly.

Dr Gaudin also wants his winning case to encourage clinicians to be open to the use of AI as it becomes increasingly invaluable in detecting findings that might otherwise be missed. “This case shows that AI could play a key role in helping detect things. Currently, AI programs exist for radiographs, but I think that in the future other imaging modalities will be incorporated, helping the dentist not to miss anything. Most clinicians cannot consult on every case, and AI can be an assistant to the clinician. AI additionally helps demonstrate findings to patients who would struggle with interpreting a black and white radiograph because it highlights identified issues.”

When asked about his thoughts regarding the role that AI will play in the dental clinic in the future, Dr Gaudin said, “I can tell you that in five years the use of AI will have a far greater role in the dental practice, particularly with legal responsibilities changing around the use of AI.” He has good reason to believe that this will be the case. The two companies he founded, one in the US and the other in Germany, were both based on utilising AI to better interpret dental radiographs. The technology is in active use in thousands of dental clinics around the world and aids clinicians in diagnosis, treatment planning and record-keeping for legal documentation and in helping their patients understand their findings.

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