Comparison of Open-Source Software Performance as a Measurement Tool in CBCT: A Literature Review

Alhidayati Asymal, Menik Priaminiarti, Heru Suryonegoro, Bramma Kiswanjaya, Hanna H. Bachtiar-Iskandar

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Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an imaging method that is becoming increasingly popular in dentistry. This imaging modality has advantages over other conventional modalities because it can display more reliable and accurate three-dimensional reconstructed images to help better planning and evaluation of treatment. More precisely, images from CBCT can display threedimensional multiplanar visualizations using certain specific software. There are various kinds of open-source software available on the market with different characteristics of measurement methods. However, information about the capabilities of some existing open-source software is still limited. The aim of this study was to examine the use of open-source software in analyzing CBCT imaging by comparing which post-processing imaging protocol is better for planning procedures and for identifying the presence of anatomic variations. Several related research articles were collected through a database available on PubMed and Scopus, using the search keywords CBCT three-dimensional open-source software. The selected articles are full text and free access articles published between 2006 and 2021 with Scopus Q1 and Q2 indexes. The results show that there are no significant differences in measurement between several open-source software programs used in several studies. The accuracy and capability of open-source software are almost comparable to commercial software, so it can be used as an alternative method for post-processing CBCT images with lower costs and easier accessibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1787-1797
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Cone-beam computed tomography
  • Dicom
  • Open-source software


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