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Agus Zainal Arifin, A. Asano, A. Taguchi, T. Nakamoto, M. Ohtsuka, M. Tsuda, Y. Kudo, and K. Tanimoto,
Use of Fuzzy Neural Network in Diagnosing Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis Based on Dental Panoramic Radiographs
Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics, 11, 8, 1049-1058 (2007. 10).


A thin or eroded cortex of the mandible detected on dental panoramic radiographs is independently associated with low skeletal bone mineral density (BMD) or osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The purposes of this study were to develop new computer-aided diagnosis system that combines these two panoramic measures by using fuzzy neural networks (FNN) for identifying postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Dental panoramic radiographs of 100 postmenopausal women who visited our clinic and had BMD assessments at the lumbar spine and the femoral neck were used in this study. Mandibular cortical width and shape were measured by computer-aided systems and used as the inputs. This system partitioned the input space into a set of subspaces using a novel fuzzy thresholding and constructed the fuzzy inference system incorporated with multi layer perceptron neural network. Our results show that the combination of cortical width and shape by using FNN can be used for the identification of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in dental clinic. Dentists may identify postmenopausal women accurately by using the new FNN based system and refer them to medical professional for BMD testing.