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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 6 — Sep. 14, 1998
  • pp: 230–238

Dental OCT

B. W. Colston, Jr., U. S. Sathyam, L. B. DaSilva, M. J. Everett, P. Stroeve, and L. L. Otis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 6, pp. 230-238 (1998)

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We present here the first in vivo optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of human dental tissue. A novel dental optical coherence tomography system has been developed. This system incorporates the interferometer sample arm and transverse scanning optics into a handpiece that can be used intraorally to image human dental tissues. The average imaging depth of this system varied from 3 mm in hard tissues to 1.5 mm in soft tissues. We discuss the application of this imaging system for dentistry and illustrate the potential of our dental OCT system for diagnosis of periodontal disease, detection of caries, and evaluation of dental restorations.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1850) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dentistry
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine

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Focus Issue: Optical coherence tomography

Original Manuscript: July 24, 1998
Published: September 14, 1998

Bill Colston, Ujwal Sathyam, Luiz DaSilva, Matthew Everett, Pieter Stroeve, and L. Otis, "Dental OCT," Opt. Express 3, 230-238 (1998)

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