Three-dimensional computed tomography imaging in craniofacial surgery: morphological study and clinical applications

Chang Gung Med J. 2003 Jan;26(1):1-11.


Three-dimensional carniofacial CT imaging has been developed and progressed during the past two decades. The advancement of the hardware and software has made the imaging study more convenient, user friendly, and affordable. Processing and analysis of the imaging data are readily performed on personal computers. Accuracy of the 3-dimensional measurement has been validated. Collaborative study can be achieved with other departments or disciplines, such as orthopedic, otolaryngologic, and dental departments, as well as mechanical engineering department. All the data should be adequately archived as medical imaging data bank for later use. The data can be transferred for production of rapid prototyping models to enhance clinical application. Inter-center sharing of imaging data can be done through common image format. Comprehensive morphological study and clinical information may help to improve or refine treatment planning, which in turn yield better treatment outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Craniofacial Abnormalities / surgery
  • Facial Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Facial Bones / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Skull / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed