New diagnostic tool at AEGD made possible by Lewis H. Humphreys Trust

The charitable trust provided $96,195 to the WSU Foundation to purchase the high-tech machine

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Wichita State is one of the few dental facilities in the region using a high-tech diagnostic machine called a cone beam CT scanner, thanks to a grant from the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust. The trust approved a request by the WSU Foundation to purchase the scanner at a cost of $96,195. The machine, sometimes referred to as an MRI for the teeth, will benefit both the dentists who are residents in the AEGD program and the patients who receive services at the AEGD clinic, said David May, a Wichita dentist and AEGD assistant clinical director. “The cone bean CT scanner introduces the residents to a tool that is rapidly becoming the standard of care for analysis of patients undergoing complex oral surgical and implant procedures, where a 3-D view of the area is critical and vital to success,” May said. When patients receive the kind of precise treatment that is possible with the new scanner, he said, they avoid unnecessary, stressful or even harmful procedures. The Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, based in Kansas City, Mo., viewed the grant as an opportunity to enhance the AEGD program at WSU while delivering quality care to patients in the community, said Tony Twyman, the trust’s administrator.  “The Gifts of Smiles program was an important factor in this decision,” he said, referring to a privately funded program for AEGD patients who do not have the means to pay for care. “It is the trust’s hope that more individuals can take part in this program with the enhanced technology.” The Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust was established in 2004 to support and promote educational, cultural, human services and health care programs for underserved and disadvantaged populations. Only about a half-dozen dental practices in the Wichita area have cone beam CT scanners. AEGD officials hope their scanner can be used to provide services for the patients of Wichita-area dentists who don’t have their own machine, producing new revenue that will help AEGD grow and carry out its mission. “This gift is transformational for our AEGD program, which is still in a growth stage, and is particularly significant because it the first that we have received from the Humphreys Trust,” said Lynette Murphy, WSU Foundation senior director of development for the College of Health Professions and University Libraries. “We hope that this is only the beginning of a continuing relationship with this organization.” AEGD is a one-year postdoctoral education program that offers dentists an opportunity for advanced experience in a variety of clinical settings. It was founded at Wichita State in 2008.
Clark Howell, a representative of Sirona dental products company, trains AEGD dental assistants Kathy Franks and Ryan Shinkle to use the new cone beam CT scanner. The machine is used to diagnose and treat patients with comprehensive or complex dental problems.

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Wichita State is one of the few dental facilities in the region using a high-tech diagnostic machine called a cone beam CT scanner, thanks to a grant from the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust.

    The trust approved a request by the WSU Foundation to purchase the scanner at a cost of $96,195. The machine, sometimes referred to as an MRI for the teeth, will benefit both the dentists who are residents in the AEGD program and the patients who receive services at the AEGD clinic, said David May, a Wichita dentist and AEGD assistant clinical director.

    “The cone bean CT scanner introduces the residents to a tool that is rapidly becoming the standard of care for analysis of patients undergoing complex oral surgical and implant procedures, where a 3-D view of the area is critical and vital to success,” May said.

    When patients receive the kind of precise treatment that is possible with the new scanner, he said, they avoid unnecessary, stressful or even harmful procedures.

    The Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, based in Kansas City, Mo., viewed the grant as an opportunity to enhance the AEGD program at WSU while delivering quality care to patients in the community, said Tony Twyman, the trust’s administrator.

    “The Gifts of Smiles program was an important factor in this decision,” he said, referring to a privately funded program for AEGD patients who do not have the means to pay for care. “It is the trust’s hope that more individuals can take part in this program with the enhanced technology.”


“The scanner introduces (AEGD) residents to a tool that is rapidly becoming the standard of care.”

- Dr David May, Wichita dentist and AEGD assistant clinical director

    The Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust was established in 2004 to support and promote educational, cultural, human services and health care programs for underserved and disadvantaged populations.

    Only about a half-dozen dental practices in the Wichita area have cone beam CT scanners. AEGD officials hope their scanner can be used to provide services for the patients of Wichita-area dentists who don’t have their own machine, producing new revenue that will help AEGD grow and carry out its mission.

    “This gift is transformational for our AEGD program, which is still in a growth stage, and is particularly significant because it the first that we have received from the Humphreys Trust,” said Lynette Murphy, WSU Foundation senior director of development for the College of Health Professions and University Libraries. “We hope that this is only the beginning of a continuing relationship with this organization.”

    AEGD is a one-year postdoctoral education program that offers dentists an opportunity for advanced experience in a variety of clinical settings. It was founded at Wichita State in 2008.

    

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