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These dentists and residents attending the centennial AAOMS Annual Meeting hail from Puerto Rico. From left: Gonzalo J. Sader, Ignacio A. Velasco, Cristina Ortiz-Diaz, Efrain E. Montanez Morales and Soheil Vahdani. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen/Dental Tribune USA)

Meeting review: 2018 AAOMS meeting in Chicago

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
October 15, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The 100th Annual Meeting, Scientific Session and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) was held Oct 8 to 13 at McCormick Place. Approximately 4,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, academic faculty members, residents and office professionals attended the meeting, to partake in educational offerings, networking and new technology.

There were plenty of new opportunities this year. A new educational program featured nine separate tracks. Also new at AAOMS 2018 was a World Café, where senior surgeons addressed patient cases and best practices, and attendees were able to connect with peers from around the world.

The Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture focused on how induced pluripotent stem cells may be used for tissue regeneration.

There was also a hands-on cadaver workshop, meet-the-expert and master class sessions, team learning sessions and much more. In addition, more than 30 practice-management sessions were offered.



On the show floor, exhibiting companies showcased their products, many of which made their debut at AAOMS 2018.

Among the product introductions was the Planmeca Viso imaging system. According to Planmeca, Viso includes 2-D, 3-D and optional cephalometric modalities, offers improved patient positioning, simpler field-of-view adjustments, excellent image quality, and intelligent patient movement correction.

“Planmeca Viso is designed to capture outstanding images at a low patient dose,” the company said in a press release. “With high image quality, exceptional durability and standard Planmeca Ultra Low Dose imaging, Planmeca Viso introduces a more efficient imaging workflow, innovative live video patient positioning, and intelligent field-of-view adjustments.”

According to the company, another feature for Planmeca Viso is Planmeca CALM (Correction Algorithm for Latent Movement), which analyzes and compensates for slight movements during a scan to provide improved diagnostic images and virtually eliminate retakes. Planmeca Viso’s new imaging arm design also provides increased patient space and shorter acquisition times, the company said.

New technology was also available at Designs for Vision. The company’s new LED DayLite Micro HDi uses new high-definition imaging in an ultra-lightweight headlight in combination with the new Micro power pack. According to the company, the Micro is the market’s lightest and smallest power pack. The complete unit includes two power packs, and each power pack can run up to 10 hours.

Designs for Vision also has added high-definition imaging to the LED DayLite WireLess Mini HDi, providing a lightweight cordless solution with light intensity comparable to many corded headlights. You can choose high-definition imaging with either a wired or wireless design to meet your preference, and either HDi headlight will illuminate the entire oral cavity.

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