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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Feb. 18, 2008
  • pp: 2685–2693

Real-time near IR (1310 nm) imaging of CO2 laser ablation of enamel

Cynthia L. Darling and Daniel Fried  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 2685-2693 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.002685


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Abstract

The high-transparency of dental enamel in the near-IR (NIR) can be exploited for real-time imaging of ablation crater formation during drilling with lasers. NIR images were acquired with an InGaAs focal plane array and a NIR zoom microscope during drilling incisions in human enamel samples with a λ=9.3-µm CO2 laser operating at repetition rates of 50-300-Hz with and without a water spray. Crack formation, dehydration and thermal changes were observed during ablation. These initial images demonstrate the potential of NIR imaging to monitor laser-ablation events in real-time to provide information about the mechanism of ablation and to evaluate the potential for peripheral thermal & mechanical damage.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(170.1850) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dentistry

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: December 21, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2008
Published: February 12, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Cynthia L. Darling and Daniel Fried, "Real-time near IR (1310 nm) imaging of CO2 laser ablation of enamel," Opt. Express 16, 2685-2693 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-4-2685


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