Facial plast Surg 2005; 21(3): 214-220
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-922862
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Use of Three-Dimensional Computerized Tomography Reconstruction in Complex Facial Trauma

Kapil Saigal1 , Ronald S. Winokur2 , Steven Finden3 , Daniel Taub4 , Edmund Pribitkin1
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 4Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Publication Date:
23 November 2005 (online)

ABSTRACT

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.