Caries Detection in Panoramic Dental X-ray Images

  • João OliveiraEmail author
  • Hugo Proença
Part of the Computational Methods in Applied Sciences book series (COMPUTMETHODS, volume 19)


Dental Caries, also known as dental decay or tooth decay, is defined as a disease of the hard tissues of the teeth caused by the action of microorganisms found in plaque on fermentable carbohydrates (principally sugars). Therefore, the detection of dental caries in a preliminary stage is an important task. This chapter has two major purposes: firstly to announce the availability of a new data set of panoramic dental X-ray images. This data set contains 1,392 images with varying types of noise, usually inherent to this kind of images. Second, to present a complete case study for the detection of dental caries in panoramic dental X-ray images.


Caries Detection Medical Diagnosis Image Classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, IT - Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal

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