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A Comparative Study on Determination of Pulp/Tooth Area Ratio Using MIMICS® and ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS® for Estimation of Age by Cameriere's Method

Vathsala Patil, Keerthilatha M Pai, Nithesh Naik

Keywords : ADOBE®, Age estimation, MIMICS®, Pulp to tooth area

Citation Information : Patil V, Pai KM, Naik N. A Comparative Study on Determination of Pulp/Tooth Area Ratio Using MIMICS® and ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS® for Estimation of Age by Cameriere's Method. World J Dent 2018; 9 (5):418-422.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1573

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-10-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Aim: To assess and compare the efficacy of materialise Interactive Medical Image Control System (MIMICS®) software with ADOBE® in determining pulp to tooth area ratio and age estimation on maxillary canines. Materials and methods: Intraoral periapical radiographs (IOPA's) of maxillary canines were taken using the paralleling technique. Radiographs were digitized using Flatbed scanner. digitized images were exported into ADOBE® and materialise MIMICS software. Their tooth and pulpal area was calculated and age was determined. Results: The regression equation derived from ADOBE®: age = 72 + (−282.206 × pulp to tooth area ratio from ADOBE®). The regression equation derived from MIMICS®: age = 77.13 + (−324.583 x pulp to tooth area ratio from MIMICS®. Correlation coefficient of estimated age versus the actual age with ADOBE® ‘r’ value of −0.595. The correlation coefficient of estimated age versus the actual age with MIMICS® r-value of −0.649. Conclusion: This study showcases the use and limitations of new software MIMICS® in measuring the tooth to the pulp area ratio. Although IOPAs failed to produce three-dimensional volumetric analysis, the applicability of this software in other areas like maxillofacial trauma management and implant planning were revealed, further opening scope for newer research Clinical significance: Materialise MIMICS® software has various applications in dentistry. It can create a 3D surface model and give volumetric measurements, from scanned images, hence can be applied in Implantology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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