3D reconstruction images of cone beam computed tomography applied to maxillofacial fractures: A case study and mini review

J Xray Sci Technol. 2018;26(1):115-123. doi: 10.3233/XST-17342.


Maxillofacial injuries can be complex and are clinically important due to their functional and cosmetic significance. Maltreated and missed fractures might cause deformity of the face; thus, accurate evaluation of the fracture provided by X-ray images is critical. In this study, we explore the application of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) for diagnosis of severe maxillofacial traumas. A patient with a complex fracture that affects the maxilla, mandible, wall of the maxillary sinus, zygoma, zygomatic arch and nasal bone was diagnosed using 3D reconstruction of CBCT images. This diagnostic approach provides detailed information obtained by static images and a systematic model with unique advantages for the following pre-surgical evaluation, surgical treatment and prognostic assessment of complex maxillofacial fractures.

Keywords: 3D reconstruction images; CBCT; dental medicine application; maxillofacial fracture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cone-Beam Computed Tomography*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional*
  • Male
  • Maxilla* / diagnostic imaging
  • Maxilla* / injuries
  • Maxillary Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Maxillofacial Injuries / diagnostic imaging*