26 May 1994 Transmission spectra of teeth in the visible to near infrared
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Investigations of new transillumination techniques have created a need for detailed transmission studies of teeth and tissues. Recent results have shown that light imaging of extracted teeth can identify small (1 mm2 cross-section) caries in teeth by raster scanning using helium-neon laser light and a post collimated in-line detector. Preliminary frequency (wavelength) dependent transmission studies have been carried out from the visible to the near infrared spectral regions on the dentin of a slice of an extracted tooth 1.85 mm thick. These preliminary results show that in the region from 5,000 to 20,000 cm-1 the dentin of an extracted, healthy, human tooth has a transmission of between 2.5 and 5.5 percent, indicating that the total attenuation coefficient is between 16 and 19.5 cm-1.
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Steven Lynn Herr, Steven Lynn Herr, John D. Harbour, John D. Harbour, Timothy S. Sherwood, Timothy S. Sherwood, Abund Ottokar Wist, Abund Ottokar Wist, } "Transmission spectra of teeth in the visible to near infrared", Proc. SPIE 2132, Clinical Applications of Modern Imaging Technology II, (26 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176564; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.176564

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