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Effect of Voxel Size and Object Location in the Field of View on Detection of Bone Defects in Cone Beam Computed Tomography


Objectives: This study aimed to assess the effect of voxel size and object location in the field of view (FOV) on diagnostic accuracy of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for detection of simulated bone defects.
Materials and Methods: In this in vitro study, bone defects were drilled in four sections of a dry human mandible. Bone blocks were fixed on a platform parallel to the horizontal plane and CBCT images were acquired using 0.2mm and 0.3mm resolutions and five locations of FOV (anterior, posterior, left, right and center). Three reviewers viewed the images twice and the presence or absence of simulated bone defects was determined in positive and negative cases.
Results: Sensitivity in different locations of FOV ranged between 0.25-1.0 and 0.75-1.0 in low and high resolutions, respectively. These values were 0.625-1.0 and 0.69-1.0, respectively for specificity. Intra-observer agreements were in the range of 0.84-1.0 and 0.75-1.0 and inter-observer agreements were in the range of 0.3-0.61 and 0.46-0.69 in high and low resolutions, respectively. The highest sensitivity was seen at the center of the FOV and with an increase in resolution from 0.3mm to 0.2mm, the sensitivity increased specially in the posterior region of the FOV while image resolutions and FOV locations did not affect specificity.
Conclusions: The highest sensitivity values were obtained at the center of the FOV and lowest values were seen in images acquired in the posterior region in low resolution. Diagnostic accuracy improved with increased resolution.

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Bone and Bones Sensitivity and Specificity Cone-Beam Computed Tomography

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Bashizadeh Fakhar H, Mallahi M, Panjnoush M, Mohseni Kashani P. Effect of Voxel Size and Object Location in the Field of View on Detection of Bone Defects in Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Front Dent. 2016;13(4):279-286.

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