1. Measurement of epithelial thickness within the oral cavity using optical coherence tomography

    Measurement of epithelial thickness within the oral cavity using optical coherence tomography

    Background The purpose of the present study was to determine normal values of epithelial thickness within the oral cavity by using optical coherence tomography (OCT). MethodsIn a total of 143 healthy test persons, epithelial thickness of the oral mucosa was determined with the help of OCT separately for each side at 7 different locations. Special attention was directed to those sites having the highest incidence for the development of dysplasias and carcinomas.ResultsThe epithelium demonstrated a varying thickness depending on its location within the oral cavity. The highest values were found in the region of the buccal mucosa (294 μm ...

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