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Synthesis of ghost-free panoramic radiographs from dental CBCT images
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Paper Abstract

Three dimensional CT images have enabled dentists to visualize the overall anatomic structure of teeth and jawbones. Dental cone-beam CT(CBCT) images include a lot more information as compared to panoramic radiographs, but it is hard to assess overall teeth and jaw structures at a single glance. Although panoramic images facilitate the evaluation process of overall anatomic structures, they may include geometric distortions, blurs, and superimposition of multiple structures due to the spine and ghost effects. Some image viewers have a cut-viewing function that enables orthogonal viewing along the user-set dental arch. However, the orthogonal viewing looks different from the panoramic image physically taken by a panoramic scanner. To make more convenient use of CBCT images, we have developed an approach to synthesize panoramic images from the CBCT images. In the synthesis of the panoramic images, we removed the ghost and spine superimposition to improve the visibility of the synthesized panoramic images.

The panoramic image synthesis has been done in three steps. At first, we extracted the panoramic dental arch from the CBCT images. At the next step, we removed the ghost-inducing bone parts from the CBCT images. Lastly, we synthesized panoramic images by stitching thousands of partial-view panoramic projection images.

With the advantage of the synthesized panoramic image, the additional panoramic scan is not further necessary, and undesirable features of conventional panoramic radiographs (e.g., ghost artifacts or cervical spine superimposition) can be entirely removed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2020
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11312, Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging, 113122U (16 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2549929
Show Author Affiliations
Do Il Lee, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Sihwan Kim, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Chulkyun Ahn, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Changyong Heo, Seoul National Univ. (Kiribati, Republic of)
Jong Hyo Kim, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Seoul National Univ. Hospital (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11312:
Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging
Guang-Hong Chen; Hilde Bosmans, Editor(s)

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