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Fiber optic-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) for dental applications
Author(s): Matthew J. Everett; Bill W. Colston Jr.; Luiz Barroca Da Silva; Linda L. Otis
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a hand-held fiber optic based optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for scanning of the oral cavity. We have produced, using this scanning device, in vivo cross-sectional images of hard and soft dental tissues in human volunteers. Clinically relevant anatomical structures, including the gingival margin, periodontal sulcus, and dento- enamel junction, were visible in all the images. The cemento- enamel junction and the alveolar bone were identified in approximately two thirds of the images. These images represent, or our knowledge, the first in vivo OCT images of human dental tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3489, Fourth Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop, (23 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323431
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Everett, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bill W. Colston Jr., Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Luiz Barroca Da Silva, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Linda L. Otis, Univ. of Connecticut Health Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3489:
Fourth Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop
Chuck C. Jung; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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