Author(s): Kamburolu K, Kili C, Ozen T, Yksel SP
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of cone-beam CT measurements of specific distances around the mandibular canal by comparing them to direct digital caliper measurements. METHODS: Six formalin-fixed hemimandible specimens were examined using the ILUMA cone-beam CT system. Images were obtained at 120 kVp, 3.8 mA, and a voxel size of 0.2 mm, with an exposure time of 40 seconds. Specimens were cut into sections at 7 locations using a Lindemann burr, and a digital caliper was used to measure the following distances on both the anterior and posterior sides of each section: Mandibular Width (W); Mandibular Length (L); Upper Distance (UD); Lower Distance (LD); Buccal Distance (BD); and Lingual Distance (LID). The same distances were measured on the corresponding cross-sectional cone-beam CT images using the built-in measurement software. All caliper and cone-beam CT measurements were made by 2 independent trained observers and were repeated after an interval of 1 week. The Bland/Altman method was used to calculate intra- and inter-rater reliability. Intra-class correlation coefficients (ICCs) from 2-way random effects model were calculated. Agreements between cone-beam CT and direct digital caliper were calculated by ICC for 6 distances and 2 observers. RESULTS: Intraobserver and interobserver measurements for all distances showed high agreement. ICCs for intraobserver agreement ranged from 0.86 to 0.97 for cone-beam CT measurements and from 0.98 to 0.99 for digital caliper measurements. ICCs between observers ranged from 0.84 to 0.97 for the cone-beam CT measurements and from 0.78 to 0.97 for the digital caliper measurements. ICCs for cone-beam CT and direct digital caliper ranged from 0.61 to 0.93 for the first observer and from 0.40 to 0.95 for the second observer. CONCLUSION: Accuracy of cone-beam CT measurements of various distances surrounding the mandibular canal was comparable to that of digital caliper measurements.
This article was published in Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research