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A multinational deployment of 3D laser scanning to study craniofacial dysmorphology in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Author(s): Jeff Rogers; Eric Wernert; Elizabeth Moore; Richard Ward; Leah Flury Wetherill; Tatiana Foroud
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Paper Abstract

Craniofacial anthropometry (the measurement and analysis of head and face dimensions) has been used to assess and describe abnormal craniofacial variation (dysmorphology) and the facial phenotype in many medical syndromes. Traditionally, anthropometry measurements have been collected by the direct application of calipers and tape measures to the subject's head and face, and can suffer from inaccuracies due to restless subjects, erroneous landmark identification, clinician variability, and other forms of human error. Three-dimensional imaging technologies promise a more effective alternative that separates the acquisition and measurement phases to reduce these variabilities while also enabling novel measurements and longitudinal analysis of subjects. Indiana University (IU) is part of an international consortium of researchers studying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Fetal alcohol exposure results in predictable craniofacial dysmorphologies, and anthropometry has been proven to be an effective diagnosis tool for the condition. IU is leading a project to study the use of 3D surface scanning to acquire anthropometry data in order to more accurately diagnose FASD, especially in its milder forms. This paper describes our experiences in selecting, verifying, supporting, and coordinating a set of 3D scanning systems for use in collecting facial scans and anthropometric data from around the world.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6491, Videometrics IX, 64910I (29 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.704635
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Jeff Rogers, Indiana Univ., Information Technology Services (United States)
Eric Wernert, Indiana Univ., Information Technology Services (United States)
Elizabeth Moore, St. Vincent Hospital (United States)
Richard Ward, Indiana Univ. School of Liberal Arts (United States)
Leah Flury Wetherill, Indiana Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Tatiana Foroud, Indiana Univ. School of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6491:
Videometrics IX
J.-Angelo Beraldin; Fabio Remondino; Mark R. Shortis, Editor(s)

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