Craniofacial Distraction Osteogenesis Workup

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Mario J Imola, MD, DDS, FRCS, FACS, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

The workup for patients under consideration for craniofacial distraction can include several imaging studies. All patients require careful clinical assessment and photographic documentation of their condition. Frontal and lateral cephalograms and a mandibular Panorex view are obtained in virtually all patients. Three-dimensional CT scanning is also useful. Stereolithographic acrylic models provide a life-size 3-dimensional reproduction of the facial skeleton and are the ultimate method to study the deformity. Their cost and limited availability presently constrain widespread use. [11]