9 February 2007 Multimodal imaging system for dental caries detection
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Proceedings Volume 6425, Lasers in Dentistry XIII; 642502 (2007) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.702131
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2007, San Jose, California, United States
Dental caries is a disease in which minerals of the tooth are dissolved by surrounding bacterial plaques. A caries process present for some time may result in a caries lesion. However, if it is detected early enough, the dentist and dental professionals can implement measures to reverse and control caries. Several optical, nonionized methods have been investigated and used to detect dental caries in early stages. However, there is not a method that can singly detect the caries process with both high sensitivity and high specificity. In this paper, we present a multimodal imaging system that combines visible reflectance, fluorescence, and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging. This imaging system is designed to obtain one or more two-dimensional images of the tooth (reflectance and fluorescence images) and a three-dimensional OCT image providing depth and size information of the caries. The combination of two- and three-dimensional images of the tooth has the potential for highly sensitive and specific detection of dental caries.
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Rongguang Liang, Victor Wong, Michael Marcus, Peter Burns, and Paul McLaughlin "Multimodal imaging system for dental caries detection", Proc. SPIE 6425, Lasers in Dentistry XIII, 642502 (9 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.702131; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.702131

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