Comparative study of mandibular linear measurements obtained by cone beam computed tomography and digital calipers

J Clin Exp Dent. 2014 Jul 1;6(3):e271-4. doi: 10.4317/jced.51426. eCollection 2014 Jul.


Objectives: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an innovative dental of imaging system characterized by rapid volumetric imaging with patient exposure to a single dose of radiation. The present study was carried out to compare the linear measurements obtained with CBCT and digital caliper in 20 mandibles from human cadavers.

Study design: A total of 4800 linear measurements were measured between different mandibular anatomical points with CBCT and digital caliper. The real measurements were defined as those obtained with the digital caliper. Posteriorly, the mandibles were scanned to obtain the CBCT images, with software-based measurements of the distances.

Results: The measurements obtained with the digital caliper were greater. The CBCT technique underestimated distances greater than 100 mm.

Conclusions: CBCT allows to obtain linear mandibular anatomical measurements equivalent to those obtained with digital caliper. The differences existing between both methods were clinically acceptable. Key words:Computed tomography, cone beam CT, accuracy, reliability, digital caliper.