Fluorescence imaging of dental restorations using the VistaCam intra-oral camera

Shakibaie, Fardad and Walsh, Laurence J. (2017) Fluorescence imaging of dental restorations using the VistaCam intra-oral camera. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1-9. doi:10.1080/00450618.2017.1304991

Author Shakibaie, Fardad
Walsh, Laurence J.
Title Fluorescence imaging of dental restorations using the VistaCam intra-oral camera
Journal name Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1834-562X
Publication date 2017-03-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00450618.2017.1304991
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract Optical fluorescence imaging methods have a range of forensic applications. The VistaCam system (Dürr Dental) is an existing intra-oral fluorescence camera, which was designed to aid detection of dental caries using 405 nm wavelength light generated by light emitting diodes (LEDs). This study assessed whether this fluorescence imaging device could also be used to recognize dental restorative materials, which is essential for accurate dental charting of deceased persons who are unidentified. The effect of body fluids (saliva and blood) on performance was also assessed. The VistaCam was used on the bench to assess 55 extracted human teeth with restorations, and samples of restorative materials. Readings were first taken in the moist state and then after the application of human saliva or venous blood. Fluorescence scores were compared using one-way ANOVA. Human enamel gave lower fluorescence than restorations. Different tooth-coloured restorative materials gave similar strong fluorescence scores, without statistically significant differences between them. Fluorescence scores were not affected by the presence of ambient fluids (saliva or blood). Using violet 405 nm light to elicit fluorescence may aid in the recognition of dental restorative materials.
Keyword Dental restorative materials
Fluorescence imaging
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