Title

Accuracy of 3D reconstructions based on cone beam computed tomography.

ORCiD

Dr. Ove A. Peters: 0000-0001-5222-8718

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Dental Research

ISSN

1544-0591

Volume

89

Issue

12

DOI

10.1177/0022034510378011

First Page

1465

Last Page

1469

Publication Date

12-1-2010

Abstract

Three-dimensional imaging of teeth will increase its impact in clinical practice if reconstructions are metrically accurate. We hypothesized that, with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) data, three-dimensional images of teeth can be reconstructed with the same accuracy and precision as with in vitro micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) data acquisition, the current reference standard. We used a sample of CBCT and micro-CT data taken of tooth germs. Volumes obtained with CBCT and micro-CT devices were statistically similar (n = 120, Passing-Bablok regression). Geometric deviations between CBCT and micro-CT three-dimensional surface reconstructions did not show any areas of important and systematic errors. Future investigations with the use of larger samples may also demonstrate that CBCT data will be helpful for a more in-depth study of other aspects of dental morphology--for example, assessing tooth development. With sufficient accuracy for clinical situations, potential future medical applications of such measurements with CBCT are envisaged.