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Detection of early caries by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
Author(s): Shuhei Sasazawa; Satoko Kakino; Yuji Matsuura
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Paper Abstract

To improve sensitivity of dental caries detection by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis, it is proposed to utilize emission peaks in the ultraviolet. We newly focused on zinc whose emission peaks exist in ultraviolet because zinc exists at high concentration in the outer layer of enamel. It was shown that by using ratios between heights of an emission peak of Zn and that of Ca, the detection sensitivity and stability are largely improved. It was also shown that early caries are differentiated from healthy part by properly setting a threshold in the detected ratios. The proposed caries detection system can be applied to dental laser systems such as ones based on Er:YAG-lasers. When ablating early caries part by laser light, the system notices the dentist that the ablation of caries part is finished. We also show the intensity of emission peaks of zinc decreased with ablation with Er:YAG laser light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9537, Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging IV, 95371E (15 July 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2183056
Show Author Affiliations
Shuhei Sasazawa, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Satoko Kakino, Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan)
Yuji Matsuura, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9537:
Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging IV
J. Quincy Brown; Volker Deckert, Editor(s)

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