3-D CT image of child's face showing part of skull

3-D CT image of child's face showing part of skull

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Caption: 3-D reconstruction of a child's head using CT (computed tomography) data, showing skin surface at left & underlying skull to right. 3-D renderings of CT scans are useful to surgeons in planning reconstructive or cosmetic surgery. A conventional CT (X-ray) scan reveals details of internal tissues in a two-dimensional, monochromatic image. These 3-D images are constructed by computer programs which use numerous sets of 2-D CT data as input. Using computer graphics, a display of the skin surface can be made "transparent" in selected places, so that underlying tissues such as bone are made visible.

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Keywords: 3-d, 3-d ct scan, anatomy, ct scan, facial 3-d ct scan, head and facial, human body, skull

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