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Dental Education Applications of Spatial Reality Displays with Stereoscopic Viewing

Invited speaker, Prof. Tomoki Itamiya, PhD, will be discussing his research into spatial reality at the 2021 Mini ADT Conference this July. The use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in medical education is growing. Despite the potential, wearing headsets is a major limitation and an additional expense. Professor Itamiya’s research and development presents new opportunities.

“Several efforts have been made to use VR and AR for medical and dental education as well as surgical support. They still require wearing devices such as head-mounted display (HMD) and smart glasses, which pose challenges in hygiene management and long-time use. Additionally, it is necessary to measure the inter-pupillary distance of the wearer and reflect it in the device settings at each time to display the 3D images accurately. This setting is a difficulty for daily use. A new dental training method using a spatial reality display capable of stereoscopic viewing with naked eyes without any HMD or smart glasses was developed and implemented in this study. In total, 104 students of School of Dentistry experienced and evaluated the system, and the results suggested its usefulness.”

Professor Itamiya graduated from Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan, in 2004 and received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan, in 2010. He worked at the School of Design, Tokyo University of Technology, Tokyo, Japan as an ass

istant professor from 2010 to 2014. He was an associate professor of the School of Engineering, Aichi University of Technology, Gamagori, Japan, from 2014 to 2018 and became a full professor in 2018. He is a professor of the School of Dentistry, Kanagawa Dental University, Yokosuka, Japan, since 2020. He was a visiting academic of the institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM), Misericordia Community Hospital, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, from 2012. He is researching applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for surgical navigation and training. He is collaborating with multiple surgeons and dentists to advance the clinical application of smart glasses. He is also developing the software by himself.

Find out more about his work and see if it has application to your practice by joining the discussion on the 23rd July, 2021.

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