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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Three-dimensional terahertz pulse imaging of dental tissue
Author(s): David A. Crawley; Christopher Longbottom; Vincent P. Wallace; Bryan E. Cole; Donald D. Arnone; Michael Pepper
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Paper Abstract

There are unresolved clinical problems that require the provision of accurate 3-D images of tissue structures such as teeth. In particular, measurements of dental enamel thickness are necessary to quantify problems associated with enamel erosion, yet currently there is no nondestructive method to obtain this information. We present a method that relies on the use of pulsed terahertz radiation to gain 3-D information from dental tissues. We discuss results from 14 samples and demonstrate that we can reliably and accurately quantify enamel thickness. We show that in a series of 22 surfaces, we can image pertinent subsurface features 91% of the time. Example images are shown where structures in teeth at depth are rendered accurate to within 10 µm. We discuss issues that arise using this imaging method and propose ways in which it could be used in clinical practice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 5 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 8(2) doi: 10.1117/1.1559059
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 8, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
David A. Crawley, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Christopher Longbottom, Univ. of Dundee (United Kingdom)
Vincent P. Wallace, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Bryan E. Cole, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Donald D. Arnone, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Michael Pepper, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

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