Dental Ultrasound

The solution to complement radiographs

Dental Ultrasound Research

Team Members:

Drs. Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan, Oliver Kripfgans, Fabiana Soki, Xiangbo Kong, Lorenzo Tavelli, Khaled Sinjab, Shayan Barootchi, Jad Majzoub, Nikhila Devi Goli, Anas Kneifati, Ms. Alice Ou, Mr.Preston Pan, Mr. Eric Larson, Mr.Luis Hernandez, Mr. James Wishart.

Principal Investigators

Oliver D. Kripfgans, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Radiology

Hsun-Liang Chan, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Team

Khaled Sinjab, D.D.S.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Xiangbo Kong, M.D., M.S.

Dept. Oral Medicine Sun Yat-Sen University Visiting Scholar at UM Radiology Department

James Wishart Freshman

College of Engineering, Computer Engineering

Jad Majzoub, B.D.S.

Post-Doc

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Preston Pan, B.S.

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Eric Larson, M.S.

Department of Radiology

Luis Hernandez Freshman

College of Engineering, Computer Engineering

Alice Ou, R.D.H., M.S. Clin. Res. Coordinator

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Lorenzo Tavelli, D.D.S.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Fabiana Soki, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Shayan Barootchi, D.D.S.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Nikhila Devi Goli, B.D.S.

Post-Doc

Dental Postgraduate Program

Current Investigations

  • Peri-Implant Tissue Correction and Healing Evaluation
  • Parametric Evaluation of Periodontal Inflammation
  • Periodontal Tissue Elasticity Evaluation
  • Imaging of Implant Structures and Bone
  • Multi-Dimensional Jawbone Imaging

Blood flow evaluation at the great palatine foramen region with ultrasound. Left: B-mode, i.e. anatomic cross-sectional imaging. Right: Perfusion assessment using color flow mode.

Ultrasound image of the supraperiosteal plexus. The size of the plexus is approximately 100-200 µm.

Peri-implant tissue evaluation with real-time 2D ultrasound.

News

  • April 2020: Journal Cover on Clinical Oral Implants Research. Barootchi et al. Ultrasonographic characterization of lingual structures pertinent to oral, periodontal, and implant surgery. Clin Oral Impl Res. 2020;31(4):352-359.
  • Feb 2020: 1st place for Dr. Tavelli at the Midwest Society of Periodontology Annual Meeting in Chicago, USA, Graduate Student Research Forum Poster Competition.
  • Feb 2020: NIH award: NIH/NIDCR (R21), Chan and Kripfgans (2020-22) Title: Quantitative Estimation of Periodontal Inflammation and Tissue Destruction with High-Resolution Ultrasound-Based Imaging.
  • Feb 2020: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at the UM School of Dentistry 2020 Research Day for Mr. Pan (1st), Dr. Tavelli (2nd), and Dr. Mazjoub (3rd) in the category of Clinical, Population and Educational Research.
  • 1st Place in Research Competition: 2020 International Symposium of Soft Tissue around Implant and Teeth in Florence, Italy. Tavelli L, Barootchi S, Majzoub J, Chan H-L, Kauffmann F, Wang CW, Mendonca G, Kripfgans OD, Giannobile W, and Wang HL. Envelope Coronally Advanced Flap vs. Tunneling Technique for the Treatment of Mucosal Recession at Implant Sites: Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Awards

  • Mar 2020: XDR Grant, Soki (2020-21) Title: Novel intraoral ultrasonography to assess midpalatal suture anatomy in pediatric patients. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • NIH/NIDCR (R21),Chan and Kripfgans (2020-22) Title: Quantitative Estimation of Periodontal Inflammation and Tissue Destruction with High-Resolution Ultrasound-Based Imaging
  • NIH/NIDCR (R21), Chan and Kripfgans (2019-21) Title: Point of Care, High Resolution and 3-Dimensional Ultrasonography for Diagnosing Peri-Implant Bone Loss
  • Delta Dental Foundation Research Grant, Chan and Kripfgans (2018-19) Title: Photoacoustic Imaging for Functional Evaluation of Periodontia
  • AAP Sunstar Research Grant, Chan and Kripfgans (2018-19) Title: In-Situ Evaluation of Periodontal Inflammation with Ultrasonography
  • BRS Award for Interim Support and New Initiative Proposals, Kripfgans (2019-2020) Title: Dental Ultrasound – Using Machine Learning to Guide the User and Open a Brand New Field

Recently Accepted Publications

  • Hsun-Liang Chan and Oliver D. Kripfgans, Technical Report: Ultrasonography for diagnosis of peri-implant diseases and conditions: a detailed scanning protocol and case demonstration
  • Shayan Barootchi, Hsun-Liang Chan, S.S. Namazi, Hom-Lay Wang, Oliver D. Kripfgans, Ultrasonographic characterization of lingual structures pertinent to oral, periodontal, and implant surgery. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2020 Jan 11. doi: 10.1111/clr.13573.
  • Mustafa Tattan, Khaled Sinjab, Eunjee Lee, Michelle Arnett, Tae-Ju Oh, Hom-Lay Wang, Hsun-Liang Chan, Oliver D. Kripfgans. Ultrasonography for chairside evaluation of periodontal structures: A pilot study. J Periodontol. 2019 Dec 13. doi: 10.1002/JPER.19-0342.

Publications

Links to PubMed and Google Scholar

Presentations (2019)

  1. 4/12/2019 Chan et al. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Meeting, Orlando Title: A Missing Puzzle in High-frequency Ultrasound Imaging Applications: Dentistry
  2. 11/3/2019 Chan et al. American Academy of Periodontology IP1: Advances in Periodontics Session 1, Chicago. Title: In-situ Evaluation of Periodontal Inflammation with Ultrasonography
  3. 11/11/2019 Kripfgans et al., Yonsei University, South Korea, Seminar, Title: Dental Ultrasound? – Fiction or Feasible?

Alumni

  • Ms. Jo Chiang, currently a D3 student at Tufts University
  • Mr. Mustafa Tattan, accepted to University of Iowa Graduate Periodontal Program, starting June 2020
  • Dr. Ali Bushahri finished the UM periodontal residency training and moved back to Kuwait as a senior registrar at Al-Amiri Dental Center, Ministry of Health

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (POM), University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Medical School, the Delta Dental Foundation, the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, the Osteology Foundation, the National Institute of Health, etc. for their support.