Ultrasound Imaging System for Dental Student Research and Education
School of Dentistry
This proposal is to request STF funds to acquire an Ultrasound Imaging System for the UW School of Dentistry to support cutting-edge pre-doctoral and graduate student research and education. Ultrasonography is a non-ionizing, non-invasive, and inexpensive form of imaging. Traditional forms of imaging, which rely on ionizing-radiation have potentially negative biologic effects. In contrast, ultrasound imaging techniques use high-frequency sound waves harmlessly to create an image. Ultrasound imaging is used in a wide variety of medical applications from diagnostics to therapeutics. Ultrasound is not widely used in dentistry, but early studies and clinical potential are promising. This research is an exciting opportunity to explore a non-ionizing imaging modality for use in dental-related diagnostics and procedures in dental clinics.