Dental Ultrasound

The solution to complement radiographs

Dental Ultrasound Research

Team Members:

Left: 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. Not shown: Ms. Carole Quesada; Drs. I-Ching Wang, Ankita Samal, and Liana Webber. Below: Recent team party to honor graduates Mr. Preston (8th f.l.), Dr. De Siqueira (8th f.r.), Dr. Tavelli (3rd f.r.), and Dr. Wang (2nd f.r.).



Below: Drs. Kong and Feng, Dr. Kalid Sinjab, Mrs. Alice Ou, Ms. Maria Vera Rodriguez, Drs. Jad Majzoub and Shayan Barootchi, Mr. Preston Pan, Drs. Oliver Kripfgans (Co-PI), Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan (Co-PI), Rafael Siqueira, Benyapha Sirinirund, Yi Chen Chiang, Liana Webber, Ankita Samal, Lorenzo Tavelli, Izzie Wang and Jersey. Missing: Dr. Fabiana Soki, 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

Aliyah Alsubhi, D.D.S.


Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Shayan Barootchi, D.D.S.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry

Mostafa Shehabeldin
B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry

Yi-Chen (Jo) Chiang, D.M.D.


Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Jad Majzoub, B.D.S.

Post-Doc
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

John Mazzocco


School of Dentistry

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

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

James Wishart


CoE, Computer Engineering

Class of 2023

Ankita Samal, B.D.S.


Department of Radiology
Medical School

Khaled Sinjab, D.D.S.

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry

Rafael De Siqueira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.


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

Benyapha Sirinirund, D.D.S.


Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Liana Webber, D.D.S., Ph.D.


Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

School of Dentistry

Carole Quesada, B.S., L.V.T.

Department of Radiology
Medical School

Amanda Rodriguez Betancourt, D.D.S

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry

Collaborators

Lorenzo Tavelli, D.D.S.

Faculty Member, Dept. Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity, Division of Periodontology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

I-Ching Wang, D.D.S., M.S.


Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics

College of Dentistry, University of Iowa

Preston Pan, M.S., B.S.

Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering
Vanderbilt University

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

  • July 2021: NIH award: NIH/NIDCR (R56), Chan and Kripfgans (2021-2022) Title: Ultrasonic Imaging of Bone Graft Healing in Extraction Sockets for Precise and Personalized Implant Therapy.

  • June 2021: Journal cover in Journal of Clinical Periodontology, highlighting ultrasonographic imaging of tissue perfusion.

  • April 2021: NIH Award: Administrative Supplement, Chan/Wang (2021-2022) Title: Quantitative Estimation of Periodontal Inflammation and Tissue Destruction with High-Resolution Ultrasound-Based Imaging.

  • Nov 2020: Publication of book: Dental Ultrasound in Periodontology and Implantology - Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment Outcome Evaluation Available from Springer Nature: here.

  • 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

  • Apr 2021: Congratulations to Dr. I-Ching Wang for now been supported by the dentist-scientist supplement award from NIH (PI Dr. Chan, co-mentor Dr. Kripfgans).

  • Apr 2021: “3-year Outcomes of Facial Mucosal Level for Single Immediately Placed Implants Evaluated by Ultrasonography” by Dr. Barootchi, was selected as the 2020 Osseointegration Foundation Basic Science Research Grant winner.

  • Mar 2021: Dr. de Siqueira is the Academy of Osseointegration winner of the Best Clinical Innovations Presentation for the 2021 AO Annual Meeting for his presentation on: "Comprehensive Peri-implant Tissue Evaluation With Ultrasonography and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography"

  • 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

  • Rafael Amorim Cavalcanti de Siqueira et al., "Comprehensive Peri-implant Tissue Evaluation with Ultrasonography and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography: A Pilot Study" for publication in Clinical Oral Implants Research.

  • Lorenzo Tavelli et al., "Ultrasonographic tissue perfusion analysis at implant and palatal donor sites following soft tissue augmentation: A clinical pilot study" for publication in Journal for Clinical Periodontology.

  • Ali Bushahri et al., "Facial mucosal level of single immediately placed implants with either immediate provisionalization or delayed restoration: An intermediate-term study" for publication in Journal for Clinical Periodontology.

Publications

Links to PubMed and Google Scholar

Presentations (2020)

  1. 10/30/2020 Kripfgans et al. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) Annual (virtual) meeting. Title: The Role of Ultrasonic Imaging in Dental Care - Principles and Enabling Technology Advances.

  2. 10/30/2020 Chan et al. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) Annual (virtual) meeting. Title: Potential Clinical Applications of Ultrasonography in Implant Treatment Planning.

  3. 10/30/2020 Soki et al. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) Annual (virtual) meeting. Title: Peri-implant Tissue Evaluation with Ultrasonography and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography.

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

Alumni

  • Nikhila Devi Goli, B.D.S.

  • 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

  • Mr. Luis Hernandez, currently freshman at College of Engineering, Computer Engineering, UM

  • Mr. Eric Larson, M.S.

  • Dr. Xiangbo Kong, relocated within UM

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.