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Professor Nima Tabatabaei Develops clinical device for early detection of dental caries

Development and clinical translation of a high-resolution photothermal coherence tomography clinical device for detection and 3-D mapping of early dental caries.

Professor Nima Tabatabaei from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to partner with Quantum Dental Technologies and distinguished researchers at University of Toronto, Professors Mandelis and Finer to develop a dental diagnostic imaging technology.

The proposed device is expected to reveal dental demineralization at very early stages when the lesion can still be remineralized or healed, creating a painless, cost-effective and non-invasive treatment for tooth decay instead of the conventional drilling and filling approach.

Over the next three years, $300,000 out of the $717,294 funding will support the operation of this project at Professor Tabatabaei’s Hybrid Biomedical Optics laboratory.

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