David A. Edlund

David A. Edlund

David A. Edlund received the B.S. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States, and the D.M.D. degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, United States. He is the program director and an instructor for Dental Careers of Colorado LLC, fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implants. His research interests include clinical dentistry and the application of emerging technologies to dental surgeries.


Contributions

  • Near-Infrared Imaging for Detecting Caries and Structural Deformities in Teeth
    Near-Infrared Imaging for Detecting Caries and Structural Deformities in Teeth

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    Two-dimensional radiographs, while commonly used for evaluating sub-surface hard structures of teeth, have low sensitivity for early caries lesions particularly those on tooth occlusal surfaces. Radiographs are also frequently refused by patients over safety concerns. Translucency of teeth in the nearinfrared (NIR) range offers a non-ionizing and safe approach to detect dental caries. We report construction of a NIR (850 nm) LED imaging system, comprised of a NIR source and an intraoral camera for rapid dental evaluations.

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