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Selective ablation of carious lesions using an integrated multispectral near-IR imaging system and a novel 9.3-µm CO2 laser

Paper Abstract

Previous studies have shown that reflectance imaging at wavelengths greater than 1200-nm can be used to image demineralization on tooth occlusal surfaces with high contrast and without the interference of stains. In addition, these near-IR imaging systems can be integrated with laser ablation systems for the selective removal of carious lesions. Higher wavelengths, such as 1950-nm, yield higher lesion contrast due to higher water absorption and lower scattering. In this study, a point-to-point scanning system employing diode and fiber lasers operating at 1450, 1860, 1880, and 1950-nm was used to acquire reflected light images of the tooth surface. Artificial lesions were imaged at these wavelengths to determine the highest lesion contrast. Near-IR images at 1880-nm were used to demarcate lesion areas for subsequent selective carious lesion removal using a new compact air-cooled CO2 laser prototype operating at 9.3-μm. The highest lesion contrast was at 1950-nm and the dual NIR/CO2 laser system selectively removed the simulated lesions with a mean loss of only 12-μm of sound enamel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10473, Lasers in Dentistry XXIV, 104730E (8 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296025
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Kenneth H. Chan, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Nathaniel M. Fried, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Daniel Fried, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10473:
Lasers in Dentistry XXIV
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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