Title: The use of high-resolution digital imaging technology for small diameter K-file length determination in endodontics
Authors: Vandenberghe, Bart ×
Bud, Marius
Sutanto, Asti
Jacobs, Reinhilde #
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Clinical Oral Investigations vol:14 issue:2 pages:223-231
Abstract: To assess the reliability of high resolution intra-oral photostimulable storage phosphor (PSP) and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) imaging systems for working length (WL) assessment of small K-files in narrow and curved root canals. Eleven narrow and curved canals from extracted molars were used as pre-test for sample-size calculation. Nineteen canals from four cadavers were used for endodontic length assessment in the final study. Small K-files (ISO size 6, 8, and 10) were introduced into the canals at prepared length. Digital intra-oral radiographs were obtained using high-resolution Vistascan((R)) PSP plates and Sigma M CMOS active pixel sensor with a DC X-ray tube at 70 kV, 7 mA, and 0.16 s. Both image series were assessed with and without use of a dedicated endodontic filter. Three observers measured WLs for comparison to the gold standards of a digital millimeter ruler. Multiple regression analysis of the dependent measurements revealed no significant influence of imaging sensor (PSP or CMOS, p = 0.34) and image processing (p = 0.97). For ISO file size, however, there was a significant difference (p = 0.08) at a level of 10%. Observers mostly underestimated lengths using PSP but overestimated them on CMOS. Almost all radiographic measurements (96-98%) were within 2-mm deviation, while 71% to 82% deviated within 1 mm. Dedicated filtering and sensor type did not influence the outcome of WL determination of small file sizes when using high-resolution imaging sensors. WL determination with ISO file 6 did show a significant difference compared to ISO 8 and 10 but mostly for deviations <1.5 mm.
ISSN: 1432-6981
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Oral Imaging
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