Effect of different tube potential settings on caries detection using psp plate and conventional film

Stimulable Daniela Pita de Melo, Adriana Dibo Cruz, Saulo Leonardo Sousa Melo, Julyanna Filgueiras Gonçalvesde Farias, Francisco Haiter-Neto, Solange Maria de Almeida

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Purpose: To compare intraoral Phosphor Stimulable Plate digital system and intraoral film using different tube settings on incipient proximal caries detection. Materials and Methods: Five blocks, with five teeth each, were radiographically examined using phosphor plates and F-speed films. The images were acquired in 07 different tube potentials from 50-80 kV. The films were digitized. Three oral radiologists scored the images for the presence of caries using a 5-point rating scale. The areas under ROC curve were calculated. The influence of tube kilovoltage was verified by ANOVA and pair wise comparisons performed using Tukey test. Results: Mean ROC curve areas varied from 0.446-0.628 for digital images and 0.494–0.559 for conventional images. The tube setting of 70 kV presented the best result both for digital and conventional images. Considering the image type separately, 70 kV scored highest followed by 75 and 65 kV for digital images (p=0.084). For conventional image modality, even though 70 kV presented the best result, it did not differ significantly from 80 kV, not differing from 60 and 55 kV, which did not differ from 75, 65 and 50 kV (p=0.53). Conclusion: Phosphor plate digital images seem to be more susceptible to tube setting potential variations then digitized film images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)ZC58-ZC61
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental digital radiography
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Intraoral radiography
  • ROC analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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