Age Calculation Using X-ray Microfocus Computed Tomographical Scanning of Teeth: A Pilot Study

    Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 5 May 2004

    Page Count: 4


    Peirs, A
    University Statistics Centre, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Bielen, DJ
    Radiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Vandevoort, FM
    Forensic odontology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Willems, G
    Forensic odontology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Cleynenbreugel, JV
    Medicine and Engineering Medical Imaging Computing (Radiology-ESAT/PSI), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Bergmans, L
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Wevers, M
    Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    Lambrechts, P
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven,

    (Received 22 February 2003; accepted 13 March 2004)

    Abstract

    To correlate dental age with an individual's chronological age based on the calculated volume ratio of pulp versus tooth volume measured, an X-ray microfocus computed tomography unit (μCT) with 25μm spatial resolution was used to non-destructively scan 43 extracted single root teeth of 25 individuals with well-known chronological age. Custom-made analysis software was used by two examiners to obtain numerical values for pulpal and tooth volume. The ratio of both was calculated and statistically processed. No significant intra-orinter-examiner differences were found. In fact,a very strong concordance correlation coefficient was found. Linear regression analysis showed a coefficient of determination (r) of 0.31 which suggests that there is a rather weak correlation between the volume ratio of pulp versus tooth and biological age. Although rather time consuming, this technique shows promising results for dental age estimation in a non-destructive manner using X-ray microfocus computed tomography.


    Paper ID: JFS2004069

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004069

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