Eliana Dantas Costa; Danieli Moura Brasil1; Hugo Gaêta-Araujo; Ana Caroline Ramos Brito; Christiano Oliveira-Santos & Deborah Queiroz Freitas


This study evaluated influence of addition of lead foil coupled to different types of digital receptors on image noise and on diagnosis of fractured instruments in teeth without and with root filling.Twenty-six molars had their root canals (n=67) cleaned and shaped and were divided into groups with and without root filling and with and without fractured instruments. Images were acquired in PSP and CMOS sensor, with and without addition of a lead foil coupled to the digital receptors. Diagnostic values were obtained by the area under the ROC curve, and one-way ANOVA compared the groups. Noise in images was measured by the standard deviation of mean gray values in images with and without the lead foil, and compared by two-way ANOVA (a=0.05). Addition of lead foil did not interfere in the diagnostic accuracy for both digital systems (p>0.05) and did not decrease noise in the images (p>0.05). However, independently of the addition of the lead foil, the phosphor-storage plate presented higher noise compared to the sensor (p≤0.05). Addition of lead foil to the digital receptor did not interfere in image noise and with the diagnostic accuracy for detecting fracured endodontic instrument in ex-vivo conditions.

KEY WORDS: endodontics; instrumentation; dentistry; radiography.

How to cite this article

COSTA, E. D.; BRASIL, D. M.; GAÊTA-ARAUJO, H.; BRITO, A. C. R.; OLIVEIRA-SANTOS, C. & FREITAS, D. Q. Can the incorporation of a lead foil to digital receptors make the endodontic diagnosis better?. Int. J. Odontostomat. 15(3):734-740, 2021.