29 February 2016 Assessment of remineralized dentin lesions with thermal and near-infrared reflectance imaging
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Proceedings Volume 9692, Lasers in Dentistry XXII; 96920B (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218661
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2016, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Accurate detection and measurement of the highly mineralized surface layer that forms on caries lesions is important for the diagnosis of lesion activity. Previous studies have demonstrated that optical imaging methods can be used to measure the degree of remineralization on enamel lesions. The purpose of this study was to determine if thermal and near-IR reflectance imaging could be used to assess the remineralization process in simulated dentin lesions. Artificial bovine (n=15) dentin lesions were prepared by immersion in a demineralization solution for 24 hours and they were subsequently placed in an acidic remineralization solution for up to 12 days. The samples were dehydrated using an air spray for 30 seconds and imaged using thermal and InGaAs cameras. The area enclosed by the time-temperature curve, ΔQ, from thermal imaging decreased significantly with longer periods of remineralization. However, near-IR reflectance intensity differences, ΔI, before and after dehydration failed to show any significant relationship with the degree of remineralization. This study shows that thermal imaging can be used for the assessment of the remineralization of dentin lesions.
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Robert C. Lee, Cynthia L. Darling, Daniel Fried, "Assessment of remineralized dentin lesions with thermal and near-infrared reflectance imaging", Proc. SPIE 9692, Lasers in Dentistry XXII, 96920B (29 February 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218661; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218661
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