Comparison of scientific calipers and computer-enabled CT review for the measurement of skull base and craniomaxillofacial dimensions

M. J. Citardi, B. Herrmann, C. S. Hollenbeak, B. C. Stack, M. Cooper, R. D. Bucholz

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Abstract

Traditionally, cadaveric studies and plain-film cephalometrics provided information about craniomaxillofacial proportions and measurements; however, advances in computer technology now permit software-based review of computed tomography (CT)-based models. Distances between standardized anatomic points were measured on five dried human skulls with standard scientific calipers (Geneva Gauge, Albany, NY) and through computer workstation (StealthStation 2.6.4, Medtronic Surgical Navigation Technology, Louisville, CO) review of corresponding CT scans. Differences in measurements between the caliper and CT model were not statistically significant for each parameter. Measurements obtained by computer workstation CT review of the cranial skull base are an accurate representation of actual bony anatomy. Such information has important implications for surgical planning and clinical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalSkull Base
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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