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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 1998
  • pp: 3582–3585

Imaging of hard- and soft-tissue structure in the oral cavity by optical coherence tomography

Bill W. Colston, Jr., Matthew J. Everett, Luiz B. Da Silva, Linda L. Otis, Pieter Stroeve, and Howard Nathel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 16, pp. 3582-3585 (1998)

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We have developed a prototype optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for the imaging of hard and soft tissue in the oral cavity. High-resolution images of in vitro porcine periodontal tissues have been obtained with this system. The images clearly show the enamel–cementum and the gingiva–tooth interfaces, indicating OCT is a potentially useful technique for diagnosis of periodontal diseases. To our knowledge, this is the first application of OCT for imaging biologic hard tissue.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(170.6960) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tomography

Original Manuscript: July 11, 1997
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 1998
Published: June 1, 1998

Bill W. Colston, Matthew J. Everett, Luiz B. Da Silva, Linda L. Otis, Pieter Stroeve, and Howard Nathel, "Imaging of hard- and soft-tissue structure in the oral cavity by optical coherence tomography," Appl. Opt. 37, 3582-3585 (1998)

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