3rd novembre 2011
European award for master’s student at King's College London Dental Institute
At the recent annual meeting of the European Prosthodontic Association (EPA) in Bern, Switzerland, a postgraduate student on the MSc in Maxillofacial & Craniofacial Technology at King's College London Dental Institute was awarded an international prize.
Dr Andreas Artopoulos was awarded the 2011 Rowland Fereday Scholarship, which is aimed at young members of the EPA willing to undertake collaborative research in another European country. The award will be used to fund a joint research project between the Department of Prosthodontics, King’s College London Dental Institute and the Department of Biomedical Physics, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The study is titled: ‘A comparison of the accuracy of laser scanning, stereophotogrammetry and projection moiré profilometry for 3D surface imaging in maxillofacial prosthodontics’. This is the first collaboration between the two departments and aims to build a stronger relationship between the two institutions by investigating the application of state-of-the art imaging techniques.
Laser scanning has been widely used for 3D surface imaging and is considered the golden standard among non-ionizing radiation techniques. Stereophotogrammetry has significantly evolved with the introduction of digital photography and is gaining ground as a more user friendly, cost and time effective alternativetechnique. This technique uses a number of synchronized digital cameras to acquire optical surface topography data, which are then transformed to 3D surface models. Projection moiré profilometry is a structured light optical technique for 3D surface data acquisition. Professor Dirckx and his group at the University of Antwerp are pioneers in this field and have developed an experimental setup that uses a single CCD camera and LCD projector to capture 3D data. The aim of the study is to directly compare the accuracy of these techniques by using an anatomical model.
Andreas has been following postgraduate studies at the Dental Institute since 2008, having completed an MSc in Prosthetic Dentistry. The project is supervised by Dr Trevor Coward, who is an expert in 3D imaging with many publications on thesubject, and Dr Martyn Sherriff from the Dental Institute, Professor Joris J.J. Dirckx and Dr Jan Buytaert from the University of Antwerp. Professor Michael Fenlon is also offering his expertise. The application for the Rowland Fereday Scholarship was supported by Professor Nairn Wilson and Professor Joris J.J. Dirckx.
Upon completion of the study the findings will be presented at a future meeting of the EPA.