Edition V07N02 | Year 2013 | Editorial Artigo Inédito | Pages 99 to 106
Introduction: Availability of imaging methods able to accurately reproduce the maxillomandibular dimensions is important for diagnosis and safe planning of surgical procedures. Objective: The aim of this in vitro study was to verify the accuracy of linear measurements in images obtained with a system of spiral and two systems of cone-beam computed tomography (CT).
Methods: Ten dry human mandibles were subjected to three different CT scans: i-CAT® CBCT, NewTom-3G® CBCT, and Picker® SCT. Measurements in the mandible were taken with a digital caliper and measurements in the images were taken with the ImplantViewer® software. Six regions were measured in each dry mandible, being distributed into two regions in each of the lower first molar (LFM), lower first pre-molar (LFPM), and lower lateral incisor (LLI) sites.
Results: Similar accuracy was observed among the three images at sites LLI and LFPM. Measurements obtained with the i-CAT CBCT scan at site LFM were shown to be more accurate than those obtained with the other two CT scan systems.
Conclusions: It can be concluded that the three CTs studied herein showed similar limits of agreement and precision at sites LLI and LFPM, and i-CAT CBCT showed limits of agreement with smaller amplitude and greater accuracy than other examinations performed at site LFM.
Conclusion: It can be concluded that the three CTs studied herein showed similar limits of agreement and precision at sites LLI and LFPM, and i-CAT CBCT at site LFM showed limits of agreement with lower amplitude and greater accuracy than other examinations performed.