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Comparative Study
. 2012;46(1):82-6.
doi: 10.1159/000335988. Epub 2012 Feb 10.

The Impact of Magnification on Occlusal Caries Diagnosis With Implementation of the ICDAS II Criteria

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Comparative Study

The Impact of Magnification on Occlusal Caries Diagnosis With Implementation of the ICDAS II Criteria

P Mitropoulos et al. Caries Res. .

Abstract

Aim: This study compared the impact of low-powered magnification on the detection of occlusal caries.

Methods: The occlusal surfaces of 38 extracted teeth received caries ICDAS classification with and without magnification by two examiners. Histology was used as the gold standard.

Results: No significant differences existed in terms of sensitivity, specificity, LR+, LR- and Az values for the two examiners and modalities. Interexaminer agreement was almost perfect for grades 0, 2, 3 irrespective of magnification. For grade 1, magnification resulted in lower agreement than unaided vision.

Conclusion: Magnification does not improve the detective performance of visual examination.

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