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Forensic odontology, digital image exchange topics of standards courses at ADA annual meeting

July 31, 2015

Dr. Zeller
The art and science of forensic odontology and secure image exchange are the topics of two courses the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and the ADA Practice Institute will offer at ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting, Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C.

The Art and Science of Forensic Odontology: Looking into the Future offers four hours of continuing education credit. It is free with annual meeting registration.

The course will cover the history of forensic odontology when it involves disaster victim identification, as well as advances in forensic software and how they may be incorporated into the electronic dental record. Other topics include dental aging, bite mark analysis and the dentist's role in detecting child abuse.

The panel includes experts who participated in victim identification efforts on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and an airliner disaster:

  • Dr. Kenneth Aschheim, panelist moderator; assistant chief forensic odontologist, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner; associate clinical professor, New York University College of Dentistry.
  • Dr. Robert Barsley, professor and director of oral health resources, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry; past president, American Academy of Forensic Sciences; past president, American Board of Forensic Odontology; past president, American Society of Forensic Odontology.
  • Dr. Lawrence Dobrin, chief forensic odontologist, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner;  associate clinical professor, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
  • Dr. Raymond Miller, clinical associate professor, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine; member, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team; dental officer/forensic dentist, National Disaster Medical System, U.S. Public Health Service.

The 10 a.m-3 p.m. course (No. 7901) is Nov. 7, which includes a one-hour lunch break.

Another course, Secure Exchange of Digital Images and Data for Dental Practices, offers two hours of continuing education credit and is free with annual meeting registration.

The course will demonstrate the live exchange of an email with an attached Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) dental patient image. The demonstration shows how the utilization of a third-party health information service provider, or HISP, provides the security, authentication and encryption needed to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements.

"It's not theoretical. It's using products that people have in their offices, their existing imaging systems and email to solve real-world problems right now," said Dr. Gregory Zeller, ADA SCDI chair and program moderator.

The course is planned for four different time slots: Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (No. 5901) and 2-4 p.m. (No. 5911) and  Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (No. 6901) and 2-4 p.m. (No. 6911).

To register for ADA 2015 and any of the courses above, visit  

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