3dMD Announces The Official Launch of Orthodontic Application-Focused 3dMDvultus inc.

SAN FRANCISCO (20 May 2005) – 3dMD (www.3dMD.com), the world’s market leader in ultra-fast, medically-precise 3D surface imaging, today announced the official launch of 3dMDvultus inc., a market-specific application company focused on building a broad set of 3D software visualization and analysis tools for the orthodontic community, at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) 105th Annual Session in San Francisco (May 20-24, 2005) – Booth #2639.

3dMDvultus is committed to establishing an innovative 3D paradigm for digitally visualizing and mathematically analyzing anatomically precise 3D surface images of the patient’s face throughout the treatment cycle. With an image-centric foundation, the 3dMDvultus application builds on integrating patient information from other imaging sources such as traditional and conebeam CT, and then assisting orthodontists with analyzing and comparing the various composite images with a wide range of physical- and statistical-based mathematical tools.

3dMDvultus has implemented a business formula that integrates the medical knowledge and vision of David Hatcher, DDS, MSc and William Harrell, DMD, with the 10 years of proven software development and productization expertise of Atlanta-based 3dMD.

“The emergence of 3D imaging technology to produce accurate surface and volumetric images of the maxillofacial region signals a transition away from traditional 2D methods,” said Dr Hatcher. “The prime goal of diagnostic imaging is to reveal the anatomic truth and 3D imaging has been shown to be the most accurate. 3dMDvultus has developed a novel software approach that integrates the best source 3D surface and volumetric images into a single 3D volume for visualization, analysis, simulation, and measurement to monitor and assess the effects of growth and treatment.”

3dMDvultus’ software offering is designed to offer orthodontists the following analysis modules…
• VULTUSfoundation: 3D skeleton to 3D surface correspondence (conebeam & traditional CT), advanced 3D landmarking system, volume calculation, asymmetry assessment, pre- and post-operative comparison, etc.
• VULTUSanalytics: Orthodontic analysis protocols
• VULTUSstatistics: Morphometric and statistical-based outcomes analysis
• VULTUSphysics: Predictive modeling and outcome simulation

“As the ultimate goal of orthodontic diagnosis is to determine the best course of treatment for patients, the natural evolution from subjective 2D imaging and examination tools into an era of anatomically-accurate 3D imaging and mathematically-based treatment planning applications is inevitable,” said Dr William Harrell. “3dMDvultus’ goal is to provide orthodontists with the objective images and analysis tools to help them accurately analyze and assess the relationship of facial soft tissues, bones, and teeth electronically throughout the treatment cycle.”

“3dMD is delighted to be teaming with such a highly-respected team of clinicians,” said CEO Chris Lane. “The quality of this team combined with 3dMD’s 10 year track record of success was an attractive business proposition for the experienced group of North American investment professionals who backed 3dMDvultus.”

About 3dMD
3dMD, a 3Q Technologies company, is pioneering the future of digital patient and security imaging by providing quality 3D surface imaging systems that support clinical practice across surgical specialties and high volume biometric facial recognition initiatives worldwide. With 80-plus customer sales worldwide and growing, some 3dMD clients include Arizona State University; Dr Dale Bloomquist, Seattle; Children’s Hospital, Seattle; The Emory Clinic (Atlanta); Erasmus MC University Medical Center – Sophia Children’s Hospital (Rotterdam); Harvard Medical School (Children’s Hospital Boston); Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics (Germany); MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX); Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratory/MERL (Boston, MA); Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Australia); St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University Medical Center; US National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDCR); University of Notre Dame (Indiana); University of Oklahoma; University of Puerto Rico; University of Tübingen (Germany); University of Washington, Seattle; US Department of Defense; and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For more information, visit www.3dMD.com, call +1 770.612.8002 in the US or +44 (0) 208 582 0242 in Europe, or simply send us an email at info@3dMD.com.

David Hatcher, DDS, MSc
Dr. Hatcher is an internationally recognized expert in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and TM disorders. In addition to his private practice (ddi Imaging Center), he holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as lectures regularly to medical and dental organizations around the world. ddi Imaging Center is one of Northern California’s most advanced imaging centers serving the dental, medical, and orthodontic communities in the Sacramento area since 1995. Dr. Hatcher received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1973 and was granted a specialty degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 1982 and a M.Sc. in 1983 from the graduate program in radiology at the University of Toronto. While an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Division of Radiology for five years at the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr Hatcher was the Director of the Temporomandibular Joint Investigation Unit and Clinic. For more information about Dr Hatcher, visit http://www.ddicenter.com.

William E Harrell, Jr., DMD
Dr. Harrell currently serves on the Council on Information Technology for the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and represents the AAO on the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics. He is a past president of the Alabama Orthodontic Association and is a member of the Technology Committee of the Southern Association of Orthodontics. Dr Harrell has lectured nationally, as well as internationally, and has written numerous articles and chapters that have been published. Dr. Harrell received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Alabama, School of Dentistry in 1975 and his Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. Dr Harrell set up his private practice of orthodontics in Alexander City, AL in 1977 and became Board Certified by the ABO in 1989.


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