Djaudat Idiyatullin1, Curt Corum1, Steen Moeller1, Hari S. Prasad2, Michael Garwood1, Donald R. Nixdorf3
1CMRR, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States; 2Division of Oral Pathology in the Department of Diagnostic & Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States; 3Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain and Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States
A comprehensive comparison of the traditional X-ray imaging modality versus to a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique, called SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transform (SWIFT) in dental application (in-vitro) is presented. It is shown that the distinctive feature of SWIFT images is the visualization of the morphology of densely mineralized enamel and dentin simultaneous with dental caries and neurovascular architecture in the pulp. Additionally, fine structures that are normally difficult to detect with radiographs, such as cracks within the tooth and accessory canals can be identified in scanning time relevant for in-vivo applications. All conclusions supported with histology of teeth.