Dentists get training in full 3D

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is trialling a high-definition video conferencing system (HDVC) that will enable practitioners undergoing training to study procedures live and in 3D.

The ADA's Centre for Professional Development in Sydney's St Leonards has installed Panasonic's new 3D HDVC to demonstrate the practicalities of streaming 3D content as part of dental and medical training.

The 3D system can be streamed to a number of different rooms at the centre, and when it is fully deployed, will be capable of carrying 3D video conferencing signals interstate and overseas.

At the Integrate audio visual exhibition in Sydney today, the ADA centre's production manager, Brett Tyler, demonstrated how the system will work by video conference. “We can now potentially host interactive training events in remote locations that previously would not have had access to the needed facilities or presenters,” Mr Tyler said.

“With this we can also explore options such as having two locations sharing a presenter across two audiences at two facilities ...”

The centre will also use high-definition broadcast cameras and plasma displays to record what its happening in the dental surgery, giving audiences in a lecture theatre next door a real-time surgeon's view of clinical procedures, materials and techniques.

Mr Tyler said the 3D capability was a breakthrough, as it allowed viewers to see a tooth from all angles. The image quality was also infinitely better than other systems, he said, allowing trainers to show the difference in colour between healthy tissue and periodontal disease.

Panasonic's KX-VC600 HDVC system works by using video compression technology that allows high definition video conferencing images over a conventional Internet connection. Panasonic HDC-Z10000 2D/3D cameras and plasma panels are used to capture and display the 3D images.

Marc Amelung, general manager for marketing with Panasonic's business systems group, said the solution is the first of its kind to be used in Australia and it was a “landmark moment” for the provision of telehealth in Australia.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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