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In vivo near-IR imaging of occlusal lesions at 1310 nm
Author(s): Daniel Fried; Michal Staninec; Cynthia L. Darling; Chulsung Lee; Hobin Kang; Kenneth H. Chan
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Paper Abstract

Several in vitro studies have demonstrated the potential for transillumination imaging and optical coherence tomography operating at 1310-nm for imaging caries lesions on tooth proximal and occlusal surfaces. Recently, we demonstrated that lesions on proximal surfaces could be imaged in vivo using NIR transillumination and that PS-OCT can be used in vivo to measure early demineralization on tooth buccal and occlusal surfaces. In this paper we report the first in vivo measurements using OCT and NIR imaging of occlusal lesions that have been scheduled for restoration. Occlusal lesions were chosen that were scheduled for restoration based on conventional diagnosis that consists of visual and tactile examination. Occlusal lesions were visible in the NIR. OCT looks promising for confirming the lateral spread of occlusal caries under the dentinal-enamel junction adjacent to fissures. These studies suggest that both near infrared transillumination imaging at 1310-nm and OCT provide valuable information about the severity of caries lesions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7884, Lasers in Dentistry XVII, 78840B (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878888
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel Fried, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Michal Staninec, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Cynthia L. Darling, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Chulsung Lee, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Hobin Kang, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Kenneth H. Chan, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7884:
Lasers in Dentistry XVII
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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