3D digital stereophotogrammetry: a practical guide to facial image acquisition

Head Face Med. 2010 Jul 28;6:18. doi: 10.1186/1746-160X-6-18.


The use of 3D surface imaging technology is becoming increasingly common in craniofacial clinics and research centers. Due to fast capture speeds and ease of use, 3D digital stereophotogrammetry is quickly becoming the preferred facial surface imaging modality. These systems can serve as an unparalleled tool for craniofacial surgeons, proving an objective digital archive of the patient's face without exposure to radiation. Acquiring consistent high-quality 3D facial captures requires planning and knowledge of the limitations of these devices. Currently, there are few resources available to help new users of this technology with the challenges they will inevitably confront. To address this deficit, this report will highlight a number of common issues that can interfere with the 3D capture process and offer practical solutions to optimize image quality.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Face / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Photogrammetry*