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Cynthia Darling Ph.D.

Near-Infrared Imaging of Dental Decay

Cynthia Darling Ph.D.

Cynthia Lee Darling has been a researcher in the field of biomedical photonics for the past twelve years and has published over 70 papers in this area. The focus of her research program is to incorporate polarimetric imaging techniques to completely describe the interaction of polarized light with dental hard tissues. Students in her research group have been able to investigate: the optical properties of developmental defects in the near-infrared, employed near-infrared imaging to monitor laser ablation through dental enamel in real-time to directly visualize peripheral thermal and mechanical damage, and explored the image contrast of dental caries at other near-infrared wavelengths besides 1300-nm.

Selected publications:

K. Hirasuma, D. Fried and C. L. Darling, "Near-infrared imaging of developmental defects in dental enamel," J. Biomedical Optics 13(4), 044011, 1-7, (2008).

C. L. Darling and D. Fried, "Real-time near IR (1310) imaging of CO2 laser ablation of enamel," Optics Express, 16(4), 2685-2693 (2008).

D. Lee, D. Fried and C. L. Darling, "Near-IR multi-modal imaging of natural occlusal lesions," Lasers in Dentistry XV, SPIE Vol. 7162, 71620X, 1-7, (2009).

S. Chung, D. Fried, M. Staninec and C. L. Darling, “Multispectral near-IR reflectance and transillumination imaging of teeth,” Biomedical Optics Express, 2(10), 2804-2814 (2011).

W. A. Fried, D. Fried, K. H. Chan and C. L. Darling, “Comparison of fluorescence and reflectance imaging at visible and near-infrared wavelengths for imaging early demineralization in tooth occlusal surfaces,” Lasers in Surgery & Medicine (2013).