Use of three-dimensional computerized tomography reconstruction in complex facial trauma

Facial Plast Surg. 2005 Aug;21(3):214-20. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-922862.


Technological advances in computerized tomography (CT) have reduced data acquisition and reconstruction times so that three-dimensional (3D) CT images of maxillofacial injuries may be economically and quickly generated. 3DCT was judged superior to multiplanar two-dimensional CT in demonstrating the spatial relationships of fracture fragments in complex mandibular and midfacial trauma. Although 3DCT failed to demonstrate soft-tissue injuries well, the surgeon's improved appreciation of the disrupted bony architecture facilitated preoperative planning. 3DCT facilitates the evaluation of complex mandibular and midfacial fractures.

MeSH terms

  • Facial Bones / injuries
  • Facial Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional*
  • Mandibular Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*