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Dental materials journal

Radiopacity of experimental composite resins containing radiopaque materials.


PMID 16279720

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the radiopacity of an experimental light-cured composite resin and the amount and type of its radiopaque material: Ti, SrCO3, ZrO2, BaSO4, or Bi2O3. Radiopacity of each material was evaluated in terms of aluminum equivalent thickness using an aluminum step wedge. Then, the half-value layer thickness of the experimental composite resin, which had an aluminium equivalent thickness of 1 mm, was evaluated. It was found that the effects of elemental composition were not identical when evaluated in terms of aluminum equivalent thickness and by half-value layer. Nevertheless, both measurement methods indicated that radiopacity increased with increase in radiopaque material content as well as increase in atomic number of the element.