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Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Nov;19(4):xv-xvi, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2011.07.001.

Introduction to 3D imaging technologies for the facial plastic surgeon.

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Division Chair of Rhinology, ENT Department, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55901, USA.


3D tools for surgery allow 3D analysis of images in a way that is meaningful to surgeons for increased insight and understanding of a patient's anatomy. 3D analysis provides a way to see more than one plane at the same time in the same image. This article provides an introduction to 3D tools in the field of facial plastic surgery in 2011, beginning with a look at where surgeons would like to be and what the "dream" device would look like.

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