Development of Virtual Palpation System for Dental Education

Tatsushi Tokuyasu, Takaaki Nakayama, Kazuhiko Toshimitsu, Kazutoshi Okamura, Kazunori Yoshiura

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Abstract

There has been an increase in the number of dentist since the 1950s in Japan. This has been recognized as one of medical issues in Japan. The increase of dentists causes a reduction of diagnostic opportunity per dentist and becomes a factor which declines the quality of dental therapy. By the way the education contents implemented in dental college has not been changed, where dental students study the knowledge and technique for intraoral radiograph. In the dental examination room, dentist often touches a patient face to identify the causes of disease such as dental curies and/or tumors. This diagnostic method has been called as maxillofacial palpation. Because some of dental diseases can be found by maxillofacial palpation, this diagnostic method has been recognized as the important skill for dentist. However, no practical training of maxillofacial palpation against a patient has been included in the curriculum of dental education. A training system which enables dental students to practice maxillofacial palpation with a patient was requested from the dentists, and then this study aims to develop a virtual training system for maxillofacial palpation that provides dental students to touch a patient face virtually. The system consists of a personal computer and a hap tic interface. The computer processes a virtual patient model which reacts graphically and dynamically against the hap tic interface operated by a trainee. This study applies free mesh method to the dynamic model of virtual patient model in order to reduce the computation cost. This paper introduces a basic concept of free mesh method and discusses the validity of this method through the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015
EditorsJong Hyuk Park, Fatos Xhafa, Makoto Takizawa, Leonard Barolli, Tomoya Enokido
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages44-48
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479917747
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2015
Event29th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015 - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Mar 25 2015Mar 27 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015

Other

Other29th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityGwangju
Period3/25/153/27/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Tokuyasu, T., Nakayama, T., Toshimitsu, K., Okamura, K., & Yoshiura, K. (2015). Development of Virtual Palpation System for Dental Education. In J. H. Park, F. Xhafa, M. Takizawa, L. Barolli, & T. Enokido (Eds.), Proceedings - IEEE 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015 (pp. 44-48). [7096145] (Proceedings - IEEE 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WAINA.2015.35