A New Technique for Three-Dimensional Ultrasound Scanning of Facial Tissues

    Volume 49, Issue 3 (May 2004)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 10 March 2004

    Page Count: 7


    Throckmorton, GS
    Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Smith, SL
    Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington,

    (Received 7 June 2003; accepted 19 December 2003)

    Abstract

    We report the development of an ultrasonic facial scanning technique that allows for the visualization of continuous contours without deforming surface tissues. Adhesive markers are placed on the face to enable measurement of facial tissue thicknesses at specific landmarks. The subject immerses the face in a clear plastic box filled with water for about 20 seconds while the researcher moves the transducer along the bottom of the box, guiding transducer movement by watching the facial image in a mirror placed below. 3D Echotech® software (1) builds the images from sequentially acquired 2D frames. Reliability of repeat measurements at landmarks is good, and individual tissues (skin, subcutaneous, muscle) can be distinguished. The method is simple, reliable, less expensive and less time consuming than alternatives such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is applicable in both research and clinical contexts.


    Paper ID: JFS2003203

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003203

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    Title A New Technique for Three-Dimensional Ultrasound Scanning of Facial Tissues
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