3D Imaging in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning of Craniofacial Anomalies

Snehlata Oberoi, Jeanne M. Nervina, Karin Vargervik

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Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides 3D imaging that greatly improves the diagnosis, treatment planning, and assessment of treatment progress and outcomes for all orthodontic patients. This chapter presents the current uses of radiographic and non-radiographic three-dimensional (3D) imaging in the treatment of patients with common and rare craniofacial anomalies (CFAs) and syndromes. It focuses on how these technologies are improving diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcomes assessment for individuals with these disorders. The chapter discusses the importance of integrating 3D imaging data with accurate genetic testing to understand the array of craniofacial anomalies fully and to develop advanced treatments for these patients. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) produces precise images of intracranial soft tissue structures without radiation. The future of 3D imaging in diagnosis and treatment planning of craniofacial anomalies will include "dynamic facial imaging" that will provide normative data for facial movements and post-surgical functional outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCone Beam Computed Tomography in Orthodontics
Subtitle of host publicationIndications, Insights, and Innovations
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781118674888
ISBN (Print)9781118448489
StatePublished - Dec 31 2014


  • Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • Craniofacial anomalies (CFAs)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Three-dimensional (3D) imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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