Special Series on Translational Biophotonics

Development of a handheld smart dental instrument for root canal imaging

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Chukwuemeka Okoro

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, PROBE Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Urbana, Illinois 61801, United States

Albert Vartanian

Moon Ark Inc. Los Angeles, Moon Ark Inc., 12340 Rochester Avenue 102, Los Angeles, California 90025, United States

Kimani C. Toussaint,, Jr.

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, PROBE Lab, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Urbana, Illinois 61801, United States

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, PROBE Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, Urbana, Illinois 61801, United States

J. Biomed. Opt. 21(11), 114002 (Nov 16, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.21.11.114002
History: Received August 29, 2016; Accepted October 27, 2016
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Abstract.  Ergonomics and ease of visualization play a major role in the effectiveness of endodontic therapy. Using only commercial off-the-shelf components, we present the pulpascope—a prototype of a compact, handheld, wireless dental instrument for pulp cavity imaging. This instrument addresses the current limitations of occupational injuries, size, and cost that exist with current endodontic microscopes used for root canal procedures. Utilizing a 15,000 coherent, imaging fiber bundle along with an integrated illumination source and wireless CMOS sensor, we demonstrate images of various teeth with resolution of 48  μm and angular field-of-view of 70 deg.

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Chukwuemeka Okoro ; Albert Vartanian and Kimani C. Toussaint,, Jr.
"Development of a handheld smart dental instrument for root canal imaging", J. Biomed. Opt. 21(11), 114002 (Nov 16, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.21.11.114002


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