Optical Pathlengths In Dental Caries Lesions
Average optical pathlength; Caries lesions; Dental enamel; Low coherence interferometry
The average pathlength of light inside dental enamel and incipient (i.e. white spot) lesions is measured and compared, in order to quantitatively confirm the prediction that incipient lesions have higher scattering coefficients that sound enamel. The technique used, called optical pathlength spectroscopy (OPS), provides experimental access to the pathlength distribution of light inside highly scattering samples. This is desirable for complex biological materials, where current theoretical models are very difficult to apply. To minimize the effects of surface reflections the average pathlength is measured in wet sound enamel and white spots. We obtain values of 367 μm and 272 μm average pathlength for sound enamel and white spots respectively. We also investigate the differences between open and subsurface lesions, by measuring the change in the pathlength distribution of light as they go from dry to wet.
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
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Mujat, C.; Ten Bosch, J. J.Ten; and Dogariu, A., "Optical Pathlengths In Dental Caries Lesions" (2001). Scopus Export 2000s. 560.