High resolution multislice CT imaging in patients with craniofacial trauma helps in assessment of facial fractures and allows the surgeon to make proper planning before surgical procedure being undertaken. Recent advances in computerized tomography (CT) have reduced data acquisition and reconstruction times so that three-dimensional (3D) CT images of maxillofacial injuries may be economically and quickly generated.
3DCT was judged superior to multiplanar two-dimensional CT in demonstrating the spatial relationships of fracture fragments in complex mandibular and midfacial trauma.
The most widespread automated post-processing algorithms for 3D-visualization of CT-data are surface rendering (SR) and volume rendering (VR). 3D reformatted
CT imaging a necessary complement to traditional 2D CT imaging in the management of complex facial trauma.