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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Development of a handheld smart dental instrument for root canal imaging
Author(s): Chukwuemeka Okoro; Albert Vartanian; Kimani C. Toussaint,
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Paper Abstract

Ergonomics and ease of visualization play a major role in the effectiveness of endodontic therapy. Using only commercial off-the-shelf components, we present the pulpascope—a prototype of a compact, handheld, wireless dental instrument for pulp cavity imaging. This instrument addresses the current limitations of occupational injuries, size, and cost that exist with current endodontic microscopes used for root canal procedures. Utilizing a 15,000 coherent, imaging fiber bundle along with an integrated illumination source and wireless CMOS sensor, we demonstrate images of various teeth with resolution of ∼48  μm and angular field-of-view of 70 deg.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2016
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 21(11) 114002 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.11.114002
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 21, Issue 11
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Chukwuemeka Okoro, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Albert Vartanian, Moon Ark, Inc. (United States)
Kimani C. Toussaint,, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

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