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Craniofacial Anomalies And Biostereometrics
Author(s): Richard L. Christiansen
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Paper Abstract

Man's oral-facial structures are vital for the functions of breathing, mastication, swallowing, vision, and communication. When defective development of these tissues occurs, function becomes impaired and the anatomic features of the afflicted individual will frequently deviate from the norm. This error of form and function will classify the individual as being physically and psychosocially handicapped. The successful habilitation regimen of the handicapped person depends on the accurate analysis of both craniofacial anatomy and physiology of these individuals, as well as psychological implications of the disfigurement. Biostereometrics can contribute to the establishment of operationally valid measures for assessing the severity of the handicapping conditions. The heterogeneous nature of diverse disfigurement suggest that an improved classification of malformations would be beneficial. Three-dimensional analysis may also have significant influence on the accuracy of the diagnosis, and the establishment of a biologically sound treatment plan. Biostereometrics will contribute more fully if the three-dimensional surface analysis can be coordinated with a study of 1) the underlying skeletal structures, and 2) the operational musculature. Increased communication between the stereometric experts and the biological scientists should accelerate the application of this technique to the health problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1980
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0166, NATO Symposium on Applications of Human Biostereometrics, (29 July 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.956967
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Richard L. Christiansen, National Institutes of Health (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0166:
NATO Symposium on Applications of Human Biostereometrics
A. M. Coblentz; Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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