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Optical coherence tomography’s current clinical medical and dental applications: a review


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Author list: Saqib Ali, Saqlain Bin Syed Gilani, Juzer Shabbir, Khalid S. Almulhim, Amr Bugshan, and Imran Farooq
Publisher: F1000Research / F1000 Research Ltd
Publication year: 2021
Journal: F1000Research
Volume number: 10
Start page: 1
End page: 12
Number of pages: 12
ISSN: 2046-1402
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PubMed ID: 33976868
Scopus ID: 85105203729
eISSN: 2046-1402


Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive investigative technique that is used to obtain high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) images of biological structures. This method is useful in diagnosing diseases of specific organs like the eye, where a direct biopsy cannot be conducted. Since its inception, significant advancements have been made in its technology. Apart from its initial application in ophthalmology for retinal imaging, substantial technological innovations in OCT brought by the research community have enabled its utilization beyond its original scope and allowed its application in many new clinical areas. This review presents a summary of the clinical applications of OCT in the field of medicine (ophthalmology, cardiology, otology, and dermatology) and dentistry (tissue imaging, detection of caries, analysis of dental polymer composite restorations, imaging of root canals, and diagnosis of oral cancer). In addition, potential advantages and disadvantages of OCT are also discussed.


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