Assessment of facial tissue expansion with three-dimensional digitizer scanning.


This article reports a three-dimensional (3D) digital color scanning system used in the measurement of facial soft tissue expansion. This system consists of digital scanning equipment, software for stereolithographical (STL) forms and nonuniform rational B-spline (NURBS) surfaces, and a computer-aided design program. Accurate data for the area of scar excision and the expanded cervicofacial flap were obtained by using this measuring system in a young patient with scar contracture of the face. This technique can accurately model the reconstruction and make plastic surgery planning a truly interactive procedure.

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@article{Ji2002AssessmentOF, title={Assessment of facial tissue expansion with three-dimensional digitizer scanning.}, author={Ying Ji and Feng Zhang and Jay W. Schwartz and Frank L Stile and William Charles Lineaweaver}, journal={The Journal of craniofacial surgery}, year={2002}, volume={13 5}, pages={687-92} }