Displaying information collected by intraoral tomosynthesis as multi-view synthetic radiographs

Connor Puett, Christina Inscoe, Lisa Perrone, Michael Regan Anderson, Laurence Gaalaas, Jianping Lu, Otto Zhou

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Purpose. Explore the potential value of displaying information collected by stationary intraoral tomosynthesis (sIOT) as multi-view synthetic radiographs, using vertical root fractures (VRFs) as a model system. Methods. Filled and unfilled extracted tooth roots containing artificially-induced VRFs were imaged by sIOT and standard periapical radiography. sIOT collected 7 views across a 12° angle span, providing information for an image processing chain that included reconstruction, weighting, and forward projection to generate a set a synthetic two-dimensional (2D) images. Qualitative assessments of fracture conspicuity were used for comparison. Results. The conspicuity of VRFs changed significantly with the angle of imaging, suggesting benefit to displaying a set of synthetic images across a span of viewing angles. Although high-density in-plane and out-of-plane artifacts, which could limit the conspicuity of VRFs, were prominent in the three-dimensional (3D) stack of reconstructed image slices, these artifacts were minimal in the synthetic radiographs. As such, some fractures were displayed more clearly in the synthetic 2D images compared to the reconstructed 3D image stack. Also, in some cases, the fractures were more conspicuous in the sIOT-generated synthetic images than the standard periapical radiographs. Conclusion. Multi-view synthetic radiography can improve the display of VRFs in images generated by sIOT. As such, this approach to dental imaging may offer a useful clinical tool, with potential application to a host of imaging tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2020
Subtitle of host publicationPhysics of Medical Imaging
EditorsGuang-Hong Chen, Hilde Bosmans
ISBN (Electronic)9781510633919
StatePublished - 2020
EventMedical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging - Houston, United States
Duration: Feb 16 2020Feb 19 2020

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Stationary intraoral tomosynthesis
  • Synthetic radiography
  • Vertical root fractures


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