Original paper

Analysis of the enamel hypoplasia using micro-CT scanner versus classical method

Marchewka, Justyna; Skrzat, Janusz; Wróbel, Andrzej

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 71 No. 4 (2014), p. 391 - 402

published: Nov 1, 2014

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2014/0366

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Abstract

This article demonstrates the use of micro-CT scanning of the teeth surface for recognizing and evaluating severity of the enamel hypoplasia. To test capabilities of the microtomography versus classical method of evaluation hypoplastic defects of the enamel we selected two human teeth (C, M2) showing different types of enamel hypoplasia: linear, pits, and groove. Examined samples derive from archeological material dated on XVII–XVIII AD and excavated in Poland. In the current study we proved that micro-CT scanning is a powerful technique not only for imaging all kinds of the enamel hypoplasia but also allows to perform accurate measurements of the enamel defects. We figure out that contrary to the classical method of scoring enamel defects, the micro-computed tomography yields adequate data which serve for estimating the length of stress episode and length of interval between them.

Keywords

enamel hypoplasiamicro-ctnon-specific indicatorpalaeopathology