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Optical analysis of enamel and dentin caries in relation to mineral density using swept-source optical coherence tomography

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Tomoka Ueno, Yasushi Shimada, Yuan Zhou, Ikumi Wada, Junji Tagami

Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry, 1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8510, Japan

Khairul Matin

Tsurumi University, School of Dental Medicine, Endowed Department of International Oral Health Science, 2-1-3 Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan

Alireza Sadr

University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, Washington 98195, United States

Yasunori Sumi

National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Center of Advanced Medicine for Dental and Oral Diseases, Department for Advanced Dental Research 7-430 Morioka-cho, Obu City, Aichi, Japan

J. Med. Imag. 3(3), 035507 (Sep 22, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JMI.3.3.035507
History: Received May 29, 2016; Accepted August 30, 2016
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Abstract.  The aim of this study was to evaluate the signal intensity and signal attenuation of swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) for dental caries in relation to the variation of mineral density. SS-OCT observation was performed on the enamel and dentin artificial demineralization and on natural caries. The artificial caries model on enamel and dentin surfaces was created using Streptococcus mutans biofilms incubated in an oral biofilm reactor. The lesions were centrally cross sectioned and SS-OCT scans were obtained in two directions to construct a three-dimensional data set, from the lesion surface (sagittal scan) and parallel to the lesion surface (horizontal scan). The integrated signal up to 200  μm in depth (IS200) and the attenuation coefficient (μ) of the enamel and dentin lesions were calculated from the SS-OCT signal in horizontal scans at five locations of lesion depth. The values were compared with the mineral density obtained from transverse microradiography. Both enamel and dentin demineralization showed significantly higher IS200 and μ than the sound tooth substrate from the sagittal scan. Enamel demineralization showed significantly higher IS200 than sound enamel, even with low levels of demineralization. In demineralized dentin, the μ from the horizontal scan consistently trended downward compared to the sound dentin.

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Tomoka Ueno ; Yasushi Shimada ; Khairul Matin ; Yuan Zhou ; Ikumi Wada, et al.
"Optical analysis of enamel and dentin caries in relation to mineral density using swept-source optical coherence tomography", J. Med. Imag. 3(3), 035507 (Sep 22, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.3.3.035507


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