Objective. This study was designed to compare 5 modalities with respect to accuracy in mandibular cross-sectional imaging. The modalities tested were tuned-aperture computed tomography (TACT), iteratively reconstructed TACT, multidirectional tomography, linear tomography, and transverse panoramic tomography. Study design. Twenty sites were selected from 3 dry human mandibles, and cross-sectional views were imaged through use of each of the 5 modalities. A quantitative analysis included measurements of 2 linear distances; a qualitative study included image evaluation by 6 observers. A nested mixed analysis of variance model was used to control for mandibles and locations within mandibles for the quantitative analysis; the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test was used for the qualitative analysis. Results. There was a significant difference in measurement error for maximum height but not for width. There was also a significant difference in qualitative image evaluation results. Conclusions. Of the 5 modalities tested, the narrow-layer multidirectional tomographic technique produced the greatest diagnostic accuracy and quality in cross-sectional imaging. The transverse panoramic tomographic technique produced the least diagnostic accuracy and quality. Linear tomography, TACT, and iteratively reconstructed TACT were intermediate in accuracy and quality.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics|
|State||Published - May 2001|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Oral Surgery