Raman Dental Probe for Analysis of Dental Caries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1R43DE013766-01A1
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (781) 769-9450
Research Institution
The program objective is to develop and demonstrate Raman spectroscopy in the assessment of Dental health and chemistry. Raman chemical taxonomy in Dentistry has already been applied on prepared samples derived from extracted teeth. While demonstrating the utility of Raman in Dentistry, these studies used bench-top spectrometers or microscopes. The application proposes to further study, optimize, and develop Raman spectroscopy for caries detection by demonstrating a Raman probe designed for in vivo measurements. It is expected that the Raman probe will be an important research tool with eventual applications to patient care. Efforts will begin with selection of a safe and effective Raman excitation source from the spectrum of available lasers. The probe design study will include spectral signal-to noise ratio analyses, diagnostic ROC curves for demineralization, and characterization of the optical properties of teeth as they relate to Raman excitation. There are also plans to develop a spectral database from Dental materials, diseased teeth, and healthy teeth sampling the normal color and composition variations. A complete Raman spectrometer for clinical use will be built in the second phase of the proposed program. In the Phase 2 program the probe will be applied to in vivo measurement for diagnosis. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: Not available.

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