Reproducibility of an intraoral scanner: A comparison between in-vivo and ex-vivo scans

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Introduction:The purpose of this study was to assess the reproducibility of in-vivo and ex-vivo scans using an intraoral scanner.Methods:Twenty adults with no missing teeth except for third molars were included in the study. Alginate impressions were taken, and plaster models were made from the impressions. Each subject underwent full-arch intraoral scanning twice with a TRIOS scanner (3Shape, Copenhagen, Denmark) at an interval of 2 weeks, and, the plaster models were scanned at the same interval with the same scanner. The first images of each scan were superimposed on the second scanned images using surface-based registration. In each case, the differences between the 2 scanned images were evaluated with color mapping. The reproducibility between the in-vivo and ex-vivo scans was compared using independent t tests and Bland-Altman analysis.Results:The discrepancies between the first and second images were greater in the posterior than in the anterior regions for both the in-vivo and ex-vivo scans. Average surface differences between the first and second images were greater for the in-vivo scans (0.04 mm) than for the ex-vivo scans (0.02 mm). The Bland-Altman plots showed that the reproducibility of both scans was within the limits of agreement.Conclusions:The reproducibility of in-vivo scanning was comparable with ex-vivo scanning, although it showed a slight difference (0.02 mm) compared with ex-vivo scanning.HIGHLIGHTSIn-vivo intraoral scanning showed a 0.041-mm average mean difference between 2 scans.Ex-vivo intraoral scanning showed a 0.019-mm average mean difference between 2 scans.Reproducibility of in-vivo scanning was similar to that of ex-vivo scanning.

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