18 February 2014 Near-IR imaging of demineralization under sealants
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Proceedings Volume 8929, Lasers in Dentistry XX; 89290S (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2050930
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2014, San Francisco, California, United States
Previous studies have shown that near-IR reflectance and transillumination imaging can be used to acquire high contrast images of early caries lesions and composite restorative materials. The aim of the study was to determine the optimum near-IR wavelengths for imaging demineralized areas under dental sealants. Fifteen natural human premolars and molars with occlusal lesions were used in this in vitro study. Images before and after application of sealants were acquired using near-IR reflectance and near-IR transillumination at wavelengths of 1300 nm, 1460 nm, and 1500 - 1700 nm. Images were also acquired using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography for comparison. The highest contrast for near- IR reflectance was at 1460 nm and 1500 - 1700 nm. These near-IR wavelengths are coincident with higher water absorption. The clear Delton sealant investigated was not visible in either co-polarization or crosspolarization OCT images. The wavelength region between 1500-1700-nm yielded the highest contrast of lesions under sealants for near-IR reflectance measurements.
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Henry Tom, Henry Tom, Kenneth H. Chan, Kenneth H. Chan, Cynthia L. Darling, Cynthia L. Darling, Daniel Fried, Daniel Fried, "Near-IR imaging of demineralization under sealants", Proc. SPIE 8929, Lasers in Dentistry XX, 89290S (18 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050930; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2050930

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