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ADA Oral Pathologist app assists in proper diagnosis


Dr. Kahn
Handy help in the form of the new ADA Oral Pathologist app is available for aiding in the diagnosis of lesions, papules, nodules, ulcers, vesicles and many other possible oral pathology conditions.

The ADA Oral Pathologist is an app for mobile devices that can assist dentists chairside in formulating diagnoses.

Dr. Michael Kahn, who is chairman and a tenured professor of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, wrote and developed content for the app.

"It's a differential diagnosis aid," Dr. Kahn said. He added that the app should help dentists "figure out what should happen next."

The ADA Oral Pathologist covers the oral and maxillofacial region comprehensively. Using it, a clinician can search more than 200 conditions.

"So it wouldn't be just confined to things with the teeth or with the gingiva," Dr. Kahn said. "It's not just intraoral; it's basically a head and neck soft tissue exam app. Once the dentist has discovered the pathology during their thorough head and neck soft tissue exam, if they know a couple of the really classic, basic things about what they've just found, they can input some data into that app, and it will create a short list of possible differential diagnoses."

An Internet connection is not needed, so the ADA Oral Pathologist can be accessed anywhere. Other features that make the app a ready reference tool: 

• no registration or subscription required;

• both Android and iOS compatible;

• searches can be performed by the name of oral pathology conditions or based on inputs, such as gender, age, clinical site and clinical observations;

• clinical photos are included for many conditions;

• suggestions for  clinical management of the pathology.

The ADA Oral Pathologist is available from the Apple Store or on Google Play for $59.99. For more information, visit success.ada.org/en/apps/.