Fall 2014

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips

New app helps dentists evaluate lesions

In his role as chair of oral and maxillofacial pathology and director of Tufts Oral Pathology Services, Michael Kahn and his colleagues are consulted by dentists from all over the world. With the “ADA Oral Pathologist” app for mobile devices, guidance from Kahn is now as close as your hip pocket.

Kahn wrote and developed content for the new app (success.ada.org/en/apps), which helps dental professionals evaluate lesions chairside to narrow down possible diagnoses and determine what the next treatment step should be. “It’s not just intraoral; it’s basically a head-and-neck soft-tissue-exam app,” he says.

Oral_Pathologist_AppThe American Dental Association and medical publisher Wiley-Blackwell sought Kahn’s assistance in developing a database of oral disease for the app; the database contains 200 conditions. The app can be accessed anywhere (no Internet connection needed), and it is available for iOS and Android.

Kahn also helped the ADA develop its www.mouthhealthy.org consumer website.

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