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Optical coherence tomography correlated with a functional fluorescence imaging for detection and quantification of dental caries
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Paper Abstract

Fluorescence radiance loss in enamel following demineralization has been correlated to the amount of mineral lost during the demineralization. The correlation between fluorescence loss measured by Quantitative Light- induced Fluorescence (QLF) and the reflectivity loss measured by an en-face Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system was investigated in a demineralization process to produce artificial caries. We used an OCT system which can collect A-scans (reflectivity versus depth graph), B-scans (longitudinal images) and C-scans (en-face images). The power to the sample was 250 (mu) W, wavelength (lambda) =850 nm and the depth resolution in air 16micrometers . Transversal and longitudinal images showed the caries lesion as volumes of reduced reflectivity. A-scans, which show the profile of the reflectivity versus depth of penetration into the tooth tissue, were used for quantitative analysis of the reflectivity loss. Both the fluorescence radiance and reflectivity of the enamel decreased with increasing demineralization time. A linear correlation was observed between the percentage fluorescence loss measured by QLF and the percentage reflectivity loss measured by OCT. It was concluded that the decrease in reflectivity of the enamel during demineralization, measured by OCT, could be related to the amount of mineral lost during the demineralization process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4619, Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications VI, (14 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.470493
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Bennett T. Amaechi, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. (United States)
Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Claudia Mujat, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Aristide C. Dogariu, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Susan M. Higham, Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
David A. Jackson, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4619:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications VI
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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