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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2014 Jan;117(1):e51-6. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2012.03.036. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

A contact-free volumetric measurement of facial volume after third molar osteotomy: proof of concept.

Author information

1
Department of Oral Surgery, University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany. Electronic address: bruellmd@uni-mainz.de.
2
Department of Oral Surgery, University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany.
3
Department of Design, Computer Science, and Media, Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study tested the reliability of an optical scanning device for the objective assessment of postoperative facial swelling.

STUDY DESIGN:

Twenty control subjects bearing a defined volume of water (10-30 mL) in an intraorally carried balloon were tested to assess the measurement accuracy of the device. As a proof of concept, facial volumes of 59 surgical cases were recorded before osteotomy and 1 and 7 days after intervention with the use of a structured light scanner.

RESULTS:

The median difference between the applied and the measured volumes was 0.67 mL for the control test with the artificial swelling simulated using water balloons. For subjects having third molar osteotomy, extraoral volume increased to 5.29 cm(3) 1 day after surgery (95% CI 5.22-8.52) and decreased to 0.00 mL (95% CI 0.85-2.55) after 7 days.

CONCLUSIONS:

Contact-free visible-light 3-dimensional scanning is reliable for the objective assessment of postoperative facial swelling.

PMID:
22939329
DOI:
10.1016/j.oooo.2012.03.036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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