Translated title of the contribution: System-independent sonography in maxillofacial surgery

R. Sader, H. F. Zeilhofer, H. Deppe, H. H. Horch, B. Nuber, B. Hornung

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Aim: The use of a new 3D ultrasound system should reduce the drawbacks of former 3D workstations (long image generation time, limited use due to the need for special 3D transducers), so that it is now applicable in daily clinical routine. Method: An ultrasound 3D workstation was used based on a pentium PC platform, employing a magnetoelectronic position detection system for spatial reconstruction of conventional 2D B-scan image sequences. Results: Better assessment of topographico-anatomical spatial relationships was achieved when presenting pathological findings, especially in assessing lymph nodes and salivary stones. Pathological processes in the maxillofacial area occurring during a period of five months were visualised. Conclusion: The method of 3D reconstruction of standard two-dimensional electronic scans, as presented here, is the first method of its kind enabling applicability in daily clinical routine thanks to rapid imaging. The images can be produced with any ultrasound unit or transducer. First clinical results in maxillofacial surgery clearly show improved diagnostic possibilities although there is still room for an improvement of the image quality. The possibility of semi-automatic exact volumetry appears meaningful especially in the investigation of lymph nodes. Integration of colour duplex sonography will further enhance the diagnostic value of this method.

Translated title of the contributionSystem-independent sonography in maxillofacial surgery
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalUltraschall in der Medizin (Stuttgart, Germany : 1980)
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995


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