Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:17:52 -0500
From: "ESCO automatic digest system" <LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU>
Subject: ESCO Digest - 19 May 2006 to 31 May 2006 (#2006-16)

There are 4 messages totalling 518 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:
1. Digital records
2. Library Services
3. En mass VS Two Stage Retraction (again)
4. Coneheads


Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 09:11:37 -0700
From: "sunish daniel" <sunishtd@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Digital records

Dear colleagues,

Are digital photographs ( in print but obtained from a digital camera) allowed for any Board Examinations. If allowed should we need to go for a DSLR or will a prosumer camera suffice. Please suggest.

Dr. Sunish

Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 07:16:34 -0400
From: "Charles Ruff" <orthodmd@MAC.COM>
Subject: Library Services

One of the benefits of ADA membership is the use of the ADA Library facilities.?When you go on the Medline and see the articles you would like copies of, you will notice a check box next to each article.?Select the articles you want copies of and then at the top of the page you will see a drop down menu that says: "Send to".?Select "Order"?You will directed to the "Loansome Doc" page.?This is for people like me who live a distance from a medical library.?We can order documents either directly from the National Library of Medicine at $30 as you stated or from another library that you designate.?I've selected the ADA Library in Chicago as my "Loansome Doc" library.?My requests for copies goes to them and not the National Library of Medicine.?Normal photo copy rates apply with the ADA.?You can figure about $5 a document.?These documents will be sent to you either by regular mail or as a pdf by email.?You make the choice.
If you are an AAO member you can email the AAO Librarian with specific document requests (no Loansome Doc options exist) and as long as the journal is orthodontic in nature, usually the AAO Librarian will be able to provide similar services.
I consider the library services to be one of the major benefits of our dues.?Also, if you teach at a dental school, you might find some sort of a deal through their library as a benefit of faculty status.

Charlie Ruff


Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:23:37 -0400
From: "Speck, Morton" <morton_speck@HSDM.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: En mass VS Two Stage Retraction (again)


Seeing Stan's (Sokolow) name reminded me that I wanted to ask this question of him and the group. Given the study he quoted that equates the two methods, why, in severe anchorage extraction cases, do the vast majority of orthodontists retract the anteriors in two stages? I'm making that statement based on the experience of essentially all of the edgewise instructors at school. One possible answer is that  with en mass retraction it is more difficult to control the bite level,especially  in deep bite cases.  Anyone have another take on this issue? How about you Damon operators?  When you do extract, do you retract en mass given the great reduction in friction? Thanks.

Mort Speck


Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 09:55:37 -0400
From: "Charles Ruff" <orthodmd@MAC.COM>
Subject: Coneheads

Thank God, some sanity to the discussion.?I agree with everything you've said and will add the following:

1. in a discussion of this new technology with a chair of Harvard Radiology, he did say he was more than a little concerned about the amount of radiation involved.?He specifically said that he would be very uncomfortable in using this technology on patients younger than 8.

2. that seems to argue for the orthodontist to need both a panceph and a conehead machine.?Or as you rationally argue, one conehead machine for an area to be used for special scans when needed.

3. this reminds me a little of every new thing in orthodontics: we all get excited by the technology (that's to be expected) but then the sales people jump in telling us this is something we can't live without.?If I had one, I might really enjoy it and find it useful for many different things but for now it seems that it will only apply to a limited number of patients.

4. one of the arguments for this type of technology is that it is only a matter of time before we will scan the patient and then use CADCAM technology to create models and then an indirect setup without ever doing impressions.?That day may come but I really don't want to be part of the extended beta test of that technology conversion.

5. I have a three year old top of the line Planmeca PanCeph which I should have purchased digital and not film based as I did.?? had a salesman in the other day trying to get some prices on converting to digital and he asked "Don't you want to trade this in on a conehead machine?"?Yeah, right!?Where are Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin when you need them?

charlie ruff