Professor and dentist Ann Wenzel is a pioneer in her field of research, oral radiology, with a special focus on digital x-ray systems. With her doctoral dissertation in 1991, she became the first researcher in the Danish healthcare sector to apply computer-based information technologies to diagnostics, and also one of the first in the world. Under the direction of Wenzel and on the background of the school’s own own research findings, the Aarhus School of Dentistry became the first educational institution for dentists in the world to introduce digital radiology .
Most recently, Wenzel has conducted important research on CT scans with a particular focus on children and young people. CT scans are not only expensive, they also also expose the patient to substantial radiation. For these reasons, being able to assess the diagnostic value of CT scans for patients and, especially, which patients in particular might benefit from a scan is essential in dental practice. Wenzel is a leading researcher in this field, and her most recent research has won first and second place at international scientific congresses. Her most important results have all been published in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, the journal with the highest impact factor within oral radiology.
Every year for the last three years, two or three of Wenzel’s publications in this journal have been among the ten most cited articles in a given year. Both in terms of quantity and quality, Wenzel’s publications are considered to have the highest impact across all international centres and departments of oral radiology. This has contributed to attracting some of the best international visiting scientists and PhD students to Wenzel’s research group and to Aarhus University in general.
Wenzel celebrated her 40th anniversary at Aarhus University last year.