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Image quality assessment of three cone beam computed tomography scanners-an analysis of the visibility of anatomical landmarks

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  • Elisa Baumann, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • Michael M Bornstein, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • Michel Dalstra
  • Carlalberta Verna
  • Dorothea C Dagassan-Berndt, University of Basel

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate large field of view (FoV) subjective image quality of three cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) machines to assess the threshold for reliable diagnostic perceptibility when lowering exposure settings.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: One entire cadaver's head was scanned using three CBCT scanners. The largest available FoV of each device, imaging orthodontic relevant structures, was applied. CBCT datasets with different image quality based on standard to minimum scanning parameters were acquired. Five dentists evaluated the visibility of selected anatomical structures of the upper and lower jaw using a 5-point rating scale.

RESULTS: Image quality depends on parameters such as a minimum voxel size of 0.2 to 0.4mm or a minimum of 4mA. A reduction in number of images (scanning protocol) reduces image quality. Visualization of different anatomical structures for orthodontic treatment planning requires distinct scanning protocols to support adequate perception of these structures.

LIMITATIONS: This study does not account for the evaluation of paediatric anatomical structures due to the availability of cadaver's head.

CONCLUSIONS: CBCT scans performed for orthodontic purposes using a large FoV with reduced parameters (400 µm, 2 to 4 mA and low dose protocols) are acceptable for visualization of large anatomical structures. Further lowering these parameters will not be sufficient to view small anatomical structures. Orthodontic indications will have to define specific anatomical structures to choose adequate scanning protocols to reduce dose and ensure reliable diagnostic visibility.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Orthodontics
Sider (fra-til)513-521
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2022

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