Tuned aperture computed tomography to evaluate osseous healing. Academic Article uri icon


  • Quantification of osseous healing is a challenging task, requiring expensive advanced imaging modalities. To improve diagnostic osseous imaging, we undertook this prospective study to explore the potential of Tuned Aperture Computed Tomography. Eighty defects in 20 rabbit mandibles, randomly carrying an osteoblast suspension or a polymer matrix or a combination thereof or no treatment, were imaged at 3, 6, 9, and 12 weeks post-surgery. TACT slices, iteratively restored TACT, and conventional digital radiographs were evaluated. Mean-gray-value distribution within regions of interest was correlated with histomorphometric data. Lesions treated with osteoblast/polymer-matrix delivery systems demonstrated the highest mean gray-value, while the diagnostic efficacy of TACT-IR was significantly better than that of other imaging modalities (p < 0.001). Thus, TACT is an accurate imaging modality for non-destructive quantification of osseous dynamics.

published proceedings

  • J Dent Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Nair, M. K., Seyedain, A., Agarwal, S., Webber, R. L., Nair, U. P., Piesco, N. P., Mooney, M. P., & Grondahl, H. G.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Nair, MK||Seyedain, A||Agarwal, S||Webber, RL||Nair, UP||Piesco, NP||Mooney, MP||Grondahl, HG

publication date

  • July 2001