3dMD Launches the Laptop-Version of its 3dMDface System to Help Collect 3D Facial Morphology Data for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)

US NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Offering New 3D Facial Morphology Service to Researchers and Organizations that Support Genetic Research

ATLANTA (August 16, 2004) – 3dMD LLC (www.3dMD.com), the world’s market leader in ultra-fast, high precision 3D surface imaging, today announced the official production release of its laptop-version of its modular 3dMDface System at the annual Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. family meeting at Camp Sunshine on Lake Sebago in Casco, Maine. 3dMD also announced that the first production system has been purchased by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), to collect 3D facial morphology data during the meeting.

The laptop version of the 3dMDface system was inspired by a new NIH/NIDCR program dedicated to pioneering leading edge advancements in genetic research. The NIH/NIDCR is now offering organizations focused on advancing research for a particular genetic condition the opportunity to have 3D facial morphology data collected during a regional or annual meeting. This innovative initiative opens the door of opportunity by making the data readily available to any research organization that wants to study the condition. Equally important for the patients and their families, it will ensure that highly sensitive personal data is strictly controlled in a research context and regulated in accordance with a country’s privacy laws and personal data management guidelines such as HIPPA.

From the onset, 3dMD designed its sophisticated software architecture to be modular and flexible, so the system would be portable and hardware interchangeable. The laptop version is fully interchangeable with 3dMD’s existing PC-based configuration and performs with the same exceptionally quick acquisition speed of less than 2 milliseconds. The laptop-version of the modular 3dMDface System enables professionals to scan people of all ages in 3D to quality standards required by clinicians any time and any where which makes the system ideal for innovative medical, biometric, and multimedia field applications anywhere in the world.

“With the new laptop version of the 3dMDface System, the NIH will be able to reach patients and their families anywhere in the world to gather valuable facial morphology data for even the rarest genetic syndromes,“ said Chris Lane, 3dMD’s CEO.

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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. Some 3dMD clients include Arizona State University; Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge, UK); Bradford Royal Infirmary; Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (London); Children’s Hospital, Seattle; The Emory Clinic (Atlanta); Harvard Medical School (Children’s Hospital Boston); MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX); Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratory/MERL (Boston, MA); Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle Upon Tyme, UK); St Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University; 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, call +1 770.612.8002 in the US or +44 (0) 208 582 0242 in Europe, or simply send us an email to info@3dMD.com.

If you want more information about the new 3D Facial Morphology Program, please contact Dr. Thomas Hart of the NIH/NIDCR at 301-496-6242 or thart@mail.nih.gov.

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