Douglas K. Benn, MPhil, PhD, DDR, DDS
Douglas K. Benn, MPhil, PhD, DDR, DDS

Douglas K. Benn, MPhil, PhD, DDR, DDS

Professor
School of Dentistry

Expertise/Specializations

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Diagnostic Sciences

Position

  • Professor

Education

  • University of London, England: Bachelor of Dental Surgery; PhD. Open University, England: MPhil (Computer Science), Royal College of Radiologists and Guy's Hospital, University of London: Diploma in Dental Radiology. Creighton University: DDS.

Certifications

Diploma Dental Radiology (Royal College of Radiologists, England)

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Benn DK. Invited commentary on “Diagnostic accuracy studies needed for cone beam computed tomography", Evidenced Based Dentistry, 12(2), 37, 2011

Publications

  • Benn DK, Cooper RL, Davis SGL, DeFord K, Gerner JG, Higginbotham DR, McNally SJ, Murdock CM, Nunn ME, Shaddy SS, Rocha-Sanchez SM. New clinical impression scanning method for validating cavitation in bitewing radiography. 65th Annual Session, Orlando, FL., American Academy Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 65th Annual Session, Orlando, FL, p 88-89, 2014
  • Berry MR, Benn DK, Rocha-Sanchez SM. Determining the difference between active and inactive white spot lesions using sodium iodide., Creighton University, St. Albert’s Research Fair, Creighton University, 2014
  • Brechon ML, Sanchez S, Benn DK. Pilot Study: Can The Presence Of Calculus In Occlusal Fissures Influence The Radiographic Detection Of Caries?, American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, International Association of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology Congress, Bergen, Norway, 137, 2013
  • Michael Berry “Permeability of cavitated and non cavitated tooth lesions to NaI, American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 2013
  • Benn DK and Jaeger SS. Lower dose small field cheek retracting intraoral radiographic collimator for caries monitoring., American Academy Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, Amer Acad Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 64rd Annual Session, Savanna, GA, 65, 2012
  • Michael Brechon “Understanding the association between the presence of calculus and the adjacent formation of caries”., American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 2012
  • Bollinger CM, Yoon D, Azar J, Bingham D, Benn DK. Pilot study of a pyroelectric X-ray generator for dental radiography., American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, Amer Acad Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 63rd Annual Session, Chicago, IL, 142, 2011
  • Wilkinson TG, Rocha-Sanchez SM, Nunn M, Benn DK. Sodium Iodide radiographic contrast to differentiate between non- and cavitated carious lesions., American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, Amer Acad Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 63rd Annual Session, Chicago, IL, 81, 2011
  • Taylor Wilkinson “The use of NaI as a novel radiographic contrast material for differentiating between non-cavitated and cavitated carious lesions”., American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 2011
  • Benn DK. An Interactive Software Progam For Teaching CT Anatomy Of The Head., American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, Amer Acad Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, 62nd Annual Session, San Diego, CA, 91, 2010

Presentations

  • Half-day course “Use of radiology in implant planning.” June 6. Japanese Study Club. Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Half-day course “Use of radiology in implant planning.” July 3. Japanese Study Club. Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Nebraska Dental Association. 1-day course “Use of CBCT in dental practice.” April., 2012
  • Siouxland Study Club, SD. 1-day course “Use of CBCT in dental practice. Caries diagnosis.”, 2012
  • CUSD 2-day course “Use of CBCT in dental practice. Caries diagnosis.” February. Costa Rica, 2012
  • CUSD 1-day course “Radiography Certification Course for Dental Assistants.” April., 2011
  • “Use of cone beam CT in orthodontics.” Univ. Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL. April., 2011
  • CUSD 1-day course “Use of CBCT in dental practice.” January, May, September., 2011
  • “Use of cone beam CT in general dental practice.” Omaha Dental Association. May., 2010
  • CUSD 1-day course “Use of cone beam CT in general dental practice.” April., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • 1. Early detection of atherosclerotic changes in oral vessels. 2. Caries diagnosis and risk assessment. 3. Computer assisted/automated image recognition.

Current Research Projects

  • 1. Development of a radiographic method for differentiating non-cavitated from cavitated caries lesions. NIH STTR Phase I and II grants. 2. Ultrasound detection of early atherosclerotic changes in oral vessels.

Grant Funding Received

  • Developing Radiographic Contrast Diagnostic Test for Dental Caries.” Funded by NIH STTR Phase II grant $750,000.00
  • NE Dept of Economic Development matching funds for matching funds for grant. $400,000 .00
  • Developing Radiographic Contrast Diagnostic Test for Dental Caries.” Funded by NIH STTR Phase I grant. $100,000.00
  • NE Dept of Economic Development matching funds for grant. $100,000.00
  • Research Funding: PI National Institutes of Health STTR Phase I and Phase II grants Developing Radiographic Contrast Diagnostic Test for Dental Caries Matching grants from NE Dept of Economic Development. Total funds awarded $1,350,000.
  • Research Funding: PI National Institutes of Health STTR Phase I and Phase II grants Developing Radiographic Contrast Diagnostic Test for Dental Caries. Matching grants from NE Dept of Economic Development. Total funds awarded $1,350,000
  • Development of a radiographic contrast method for distinguishing between non-cavitated and cavitated interproximal carious lesions. PI funded by NIH STTR Phase I and Nebraska State August 2012 – May 2013. Phase II STTR application funded Jan 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015
  • Evaluation of a miniature pyroelectric X-ray generator for use in a novel intraoral radiographic system. Partially funded by a commercial grant from Cyber Medical Imaging, Los Angeles, CA
  • Development of software for the automatic labeling of anatomical structures in Cone Beam CT images. Unfunded research
  • Supervision of undergraduate student Collin McCormack with Dr Dave Reed, Chair, CU dept . of Computer Science. Project is the development of an on-line program for teaching dental students and dentists to recognize Cone Beam CT anatomy
  • Supervision of Derrick Pawich, CU Masters student in School of Business. Project is to label 100 anatomical sites in 30 different CBCT patient datasets

Awards and Honors

  • US provisional patent application RE: 61539744. Use of Radiographic Contrast Agents for Detecting Dental Caries. September 2011. Creighton University. Sole inventor Dr Douglas K Benn., 2011
  • US patent application publication RE: US 2011/0311116 A1. System and methods for anatomical structure labelling. June 2009. Creighton University. Sole inventor Dr Douglas K Benn., 2009
  • US patent # 7343305 “Method and System for Recording Carious Lesions” March 2008. University of Florida., 2008