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Electronic speckle-pattern interferometry (ESPI) applied to the study of mechanical behavior of human jaws
Author(s): Juan F. Roman; Vincente Moreno de las Cuevas; Jose Ramon Salgueiro; David Suarez; Paula Fernandez; Mercedes Gallas; Alain Blanchard
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Paper Abstract

The study of the mechanical behavior of the human jaw during chewing is helpful in several specific medical fields that cover the maxillo-facial area. In this work, electronic speckle pattern interferometry has been applied to study dead jaw bones under external stress which simulates the deformations induced during chewing. Fringes obtained after subtraction of two images of the jaw, the image of the relaxed jaw and that of the jaw under stress, give us information about the most stressed zones. The interferometric analysis proposed here is attractive as it can be done in real time with the jaw under progressive stress. Image processing can be applied for improving the quality of fringes. This research can be of help in orthognathic surgery, for example in diagnosis and treatment of fractured jaws, in oral surgery, and in orthodontics because it would help us to know the stress dispersion when we insert an osseointegrated implant or place an orthodontic appliance, respectively. Studying fragments of human jaw some results about its elasticity and flexibility were obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2628, Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring, (15 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230010
Show Author Affiliations
Juan F. Roman, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Vincente Moreno de las Cuevas, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Jose Ramon Salgueiro, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
David Suarez, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Paula Fernandez, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Mercedes Gallas, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Alain Blanchard, Univ. d'Angers (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2628:
Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring
Hans-Jochen Foth; Renato Marchesini; Halina Podbielska; Michel Robert-Nicoud; Herbert Schneckenburger, Editor(s)

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