Early caries imaging and monitoring with near-infrared light

Daniel Fried, John D.B. Featherstone, Cynthia L. Darling, Robert S. Jones, Patara Ngaotheppitak, Christopher M. Bühler

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Enamel is highly transparent in the near infrared (NIR); therefore, this region of the electromagnetic spectrum is suited ideally for the development of new optical diagnostic tools for the detection and imaging of early dental caries. This article discusses the NIR optical properties of sound and demineralized dental enamel and the potential use of polarization senitive optical coherence tomography and NIR transillumination for the imaging of dental caries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-793
Number of pages23
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


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