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April 1986

Computer System for Evaluation of Facial Fractures

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Albany, NY

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(4):373. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780040013001

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At the October 1985 meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in Atlanta, Peter Koltai, MD, Division of Otolaryngology, The Albany (NY) Medical College, reported that a computer system (Insight, Phoenix Data Systems Inc) has been developed that utilizes conventional computed tomographic (CT) scans as a substrate to create accurate three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions. The system has been used to evaluate facial fractures during the past year at the Albany Medical Center. The 3D nature of facial fractures must be inferred by the spatial imaginations of the radiologist and surgeon when routine radiographic studies are used.

Gary Wood, MD, chief of neuroradiology at The Albany Medical Center, has developed a protocol for obtaining the CT scans by a dynamic mode using a bone algorithm in 1.5-mm contiguous sections. This reduces the amount of radiation exposure compared with conventional CT techniques, an important consideration since 35 to 55 sections

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