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Potential uses of terahertz pulse imaging in dentistry: caries and erosion detection
Author(s): Christopher Longbottom; David A. Crawley; Bryan E. Cole; Donald D. Arnone; Vincent P. Wallace; Michael Pepper
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Paper Abstract

TeraHertz Pulse Imaging (TPI) is a relatively new imaging modality for medical and dental imaging. The aim of the present study was to make a preliminary assessment of the potential uses of TPI in clinical dentistry, particularly in relation to caries detection and the detection and monitoring of erosion. Images were obtained in vitro using a new TPI system developed by TeraView Ltd. We present data showing that TPI in vitro images of approximal surfaces of whole teeth demonstrate a distinctive shadowing in the presence of natural carious lesions in enamel. The thickness of this enamel shadowing appears to be related to lesion depth. The use of non-ionizing radiation to image such lesions non-destructively in vitro represents a significant step towards such measurements in vivo. In addition, data is presented which indicates that TPI may have a potential role in the detection and monitoring of enamel erosion. In vitro experiments on whole incisor teeth show that TPI is capable of detecting relatively small artificially induced changes in the buccal or palatal surface of the enamel of these teeth. Imaging of enamel thickness at such a resolution without ionizing radiation would represent a significant breakthrough if applicable in vivo.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII, (3 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469310
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Longbottom, Univ. of Dundee (United Kingdom)
David A. Crawley, Univ. of Cambridge and TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Bryan E. Cole, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Donald D. Arnone, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Vincent P. Wallace, TeraView Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Michael Pepper, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4610:
Lasers in Dentistry VIII
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried; Thomas Hennig, Editor(s)

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