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July 1991

High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Computerized Imagery for Quantitative Facial Analysis and Surgical Simulation

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Birmingham, Mich

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(7):709-710. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870190019004

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Abstract

At the Midwestern Section meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,

Dean Toriumi, MD, and Timothy J. Frost, MD, Chicago, Ill, and Wayne Larrabee, Jr, MD, Seattle, Wash, presented their preliminary experience with three-dimensional computerized imagery for facial analysis. This system is composed of a computer system utilizing three-dimensional laser scanning and advanced software. As described by the authors, the procedure begins with a laser light scan that encircles the patient and provides data that is entered into a computer bank. This material is then analyzed to obtain a three-dimensional patient image that can be stored in memory for future retrieval or reference. Literally hundreds of facial aesthetic measurements can be obtained for a surgeon to evaluate preoperatively. Presently, the authors are using this system to custom design implants for facial deformities that are either unilateral or bilateral, including auricular malformations. The software is used to

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