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Using new technology to detect child tooth decay

CSIRO researchers are developing an automated method, using an artificial intelligence technology, to detect tooth decay in children’s teeth by simply analysing dental photos. The research team is seeking 4 research buddies to inform the project and generate ideas for future research directions.

About the project/vacancy

This CSIRO led research project aims to design and develop an automated method that can promptly detect tooth decay in dental photos without the need for dental expert opinion. In the medium to long-term, if the automated method is combined with smartphone camera this will enable primary caregivers of children to:

  1. screen their children’s teeth for tooth decay that requires further investigations
  2. reduce the overall costs associated with missing or delaying the diagnosis of tooth decay
  3. ensure children can have regular dental assessments which directly contribute to improved overall child oral health and wellbeing

Eventually, we hope that the automated decay detection method can reduce dental practices and emergency departments’ waiting times, and importantly reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Ultimately this project will help improve the efficiency of dental services by allowing dentists to focus on dental treatment rather than dental screening.

About the position

The research team requires the help of 4 research buddies to inform the planning and development of the automated method and generate ideas for future research directions.

What am I expected to do?

CSIRO researchers require parents input into:

  • Overall feedback about the research plan
  • Future research directions
  • Help with dissemination of final findings

What skills or experience do I need?

The researchers require help from primary caregivers of children who have taken their child to a dentist within the past 12 months. They would also prefer at least one parent to be from rural WA.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The project will require two meetings between approximately April and October 2021 (over the next 6 months).

Where will meetings be held?

The CSIRO office is located in Floreat, but meetings can also be held via Zoom videoconference if preferable.

What support is offered?

An honorarium of $35 will be offered, in the form of a gift voucher, per meeting plus training and support from the Consumer and Community Involvement Program as required.

To apply please follow the link: or email us

Applications close: 30 April 2021