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Ahlstrom Award winner’s research supports ADA report on radiographic systems

September 04, 2019

By Mary Beth Versaci

An endodontist's evaluation of the American Dental Association's standards for radiographic systems has earned her the 2019 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award for Dental Informatics Research.

Dr. Ashley Barrineau of Roanoke, Virginia, who recently completed her endodontics residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, will present her research Sept. 4 during the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meeting preceding the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.

Ashley Barrineau
Winner: Dr. Ashley Barrineau is the winner of the 2019 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award for Dental Informatics Research. Photo courtesy of Michael Allen
Through her research poster titled "Systematic Evaluation of Commercially Available Sensors Using Standardized Image Quality Parameters," Dr. Barrineau validated ADA SCDI Technical Report No. 1094, Quality Assurance for Digital Intra-Oral Radiographic Systems, by testing its recommendations on calibrating and adjusting a digital radiographic system to get the best-quality image at the lowest possible radiation exposure to the patient.

"Given recent and justified public concern about radiation exposure from dental radiographic examinations, it is paramount that the appropriateness of radiographic exposures is justified,” Dr. Barrineau said. "This study validates ADA standards to improve patient health and allay patient apprehensiveness on the use of radiation in dental exams."

The Ahlstrom Award, which is named after the first chairman of the Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, highlights the crucial role dental informatics plays in dentistry. The winner receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Dr. Barrineau thanked her research advisers Drs. Sanjay Mallya, associate professor and chair of the UCLA Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and Peter Mah, president of Dental Imaging Consultants, for their mentorship and Dr. Nadia Chugal, clinical professor and chair of the UCLA Section of Endodontics, for her support during residency training.

"I am grateful and honored to have received the 2019 Ahlstrom Award and to have our hard work and exciting research recognized," Dr. Barrineau said. "I am inspired to continue to strive for the pursuit of dental excellence to benefit both patients and practitioners alike."