Subjective interpretation of paired digital radiographic images viewed side by side to assess occlusal lesion progression, arrest or remineralization is difficult. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy and reproducibility of a digital subtraction radiography technique and visual assessment of paired digital images in detecting changes in mineral content within occlusal cavities. Forty molar teeth with occlusal cavities were placed in arches and baseline digital radiographs taken. Nineteen teeth were randomly selected and had acid placed in the cavities and digital images taken after 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 h of acid exposure. Paired baseline images and those taken at the various time intervals were examined side by side and assessed for demineralization by five examiners. Subtraction images prepared from the paired images were assessed in the same way. One fifth of the images were re-examined to determine intra-examiner reproducibility. After 12 h or longer the diagnostic accuracy (mean area under the ROC curve = 0.92–0.98 for subtraction radiography), intra-examiner and inter-examiner reproducibility for detection of demineralization from the subtraction images was significantly better than viewing the paired images side by side (p < 0.01). The subtraction radiography system used was found to be more accurate and reproducible than visual assessment of paired digital images. As such the technique shows promise for monitoring occlusal lesion progression in clinical studies.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.