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State-of-the-Art ‘Dental Surgical Microscope’ launched at Manipal College of Dental Sciences-Mangaluru

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State-of-the-Art ‘Dental Surgical Microscope’ launched at Manipal College of Dental Sciences-Mangaluru

Mangaluru: The Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangaluru founded in 1987 has evolved into a multi-faceted institution recognized globally for excellence in its specializations. The institution has excellent infrastructure facilities and state-of-the-art dental equipment. The undergraduate and postgraduate training programs for both pre-clinical and clinical aspects are imparted at the Light House Hill and Attavar campuses. The clinical facilities for training in medical subjects are available at the Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar, which is a 651-bedded hospital. They provide an excellent atmosphere for studies and recreation. and the college is recognized by the Dental Council of India and the Malaysian Dental Council, and the college is also ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Because of well-qualified and experienced faculty; Industry tie-ups; Placements; Good facilities; Infrastructure and many other benefits, many students prefer MCODS? And now, MCODS has added another feather to its cap, by launching the “Dental Surgical Microscope” on Monday, 28 January 2019, which was inaugurated by MLA Dr Y Bharath Shetty, along with guest of honors Dr Poornima Baliga- Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education; Dr Surendra Shetty-Pro Chancellor, MAHE-Mangaluru Campus; Dr Dilip Naik- Dean, MCODS; Dr Kundabala M Shenoy- Professor, dept of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS; Dr Neeta Shetty- Professor/HOD-Dept of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS; and Dr Shivacharan Shetty- Member, Dental Council of India.

In his welcome address Dr Dilip Naik , Dean of MCODS while introducing the dignitaries with a few witty punchlines, he further said, “In the last two decades, there has been an explosion in the development of new technologies, instruments, and materials in dentistry. These advances have enabled clinicians to complete procedures that were once considered impossible or that could be performed only by talented or lucky clinicians. The most important revolution has been the introduction and widespread adoption of the operating microscope (OM) which has revolutionized dentistry, especially endodontic practice worldwide”.

“MCODS Mangaluru has recently procured the latest model of Zeiss, S 100/ OPMI Pico surgical dental microscope with integrated HD camera for documentation for both patient care and education with the supported infrastructural grant by VGST, Karnataka state Govt. under K-Fist Level-1. Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangaluru is the first institute among the dental colleges in the country to procure this latest model of Carl Zeiss surgical microscope which is having the best optics and illumination to visualize details and fine structures at ease. This microscope will help in giving the precise dental treatment for the patient and also helps in solving patient’s problems happening during therapy” added Dr Dilip.

Dr Y Bharath Shetty addressing the gathering and announcing that Government of Karnataka and DCI is working on improving the status of dental colleges and job opportunities for dentists who are coming out of these dental colleges said, “I have great respect for MCODS for producing better students who go out and serve the world in the dentistry field. Science is the truth of the moment, because changes can happen any time. Today it may be truth, and tomorrow it may turn out to be false. MAHE is doing yeomen service in the field of medicine and also caring for its students. As a member of Dental Council, as admission is concerned, we need better infrastructure, improved facilities and knowledgeable faculty. We don’t need institutions which lack all these three factors. I am happy that MCODS has all the factors needed to make a student a better professional”

Dr. Y. Bharath Shetty was felicitated during the occasion for his contribution towards improving dental education in the country. Dr. Neeta Shetty proposed the vote of thanks. Ms Ashwini Desai-Final Year PG Dental student compered the programme. The program was attended by dignitaries from KMC Mangaluru, MCODS Mangaluru and other neighbouring institutes.

Following is the briefing about the “Dental Surgical Microscope” by Dr Kundabala Shenoy- Professor, dept of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MCODS;

Today we inaugurated the dental surgical microscope clinic with our 3rd and latest microscope. Let me tell you how we procured this state of the art microscope. It all started about four years ago when my colleagues in dept. of PHD, Dr. Ramya Shenoy got me to apply for a research and infrastructural improvement fund from Vision Group of Science and technology, Govt. Of Karnataka. We both applied for grants and both of us were fortunate enough to be awarded grants. So I wish to profusely thank her. My project was on dental education and we bought lot of equipment under this grant and submitted a good project which convinced VGST to award us the 2nd grant. When I told the VGST officials the money is not enough to buy my dream instrument, they suggested to go for University support. When I put forward this to our Dean, he was enthusiastic and encouraged me to go to university for help. He laid the ground work at the university prior to my meeting with our Vice Chancellor. When I went to meet our vice-chancellor, Dr. Vinod Bhat, he immediately sanctioned the necessary additional fund. That’s how we got this 3rd and the best microscope for the department.

We planned to buy the latest highly compact Carl Zeiss dental S 100 Pico surgical microscope with all the accessories, so that it will help in documentation, communication, education, patient care and research. Our institution is the first one among the dental colleges of India to buy this latest, sleek, model easy to operate, easy to maintain, with best optics, integrated high quality HD video camera showing with real life pictures. OPMI Pico with its apochromatic coatings makes details and fine structures clearly visible, high contrast, true color images. Camera has 5 phase changer, added adapter for assistant observation, can be connected to monitor for easy observation of surgery by students.

With best optics, Carl Zeiss gives best quality visualization of operating site. Best ergonomics, excellent illumination with xenon, halogen and LED light, If you look through Carl Zeiss microscope, operator can see heaven with ease. It helps to do the skilled work with highest precision. We are lucky to procure this tool which will help us in our day to day patient care, research and patient and student education. On behalf of Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics and MCODS, Mangaluru, I profusely thank VGST, Govt of Karnataka and MAHE Manipal”.

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