Computer Imaging

When deciding on an imaging software for your practice, make sure you get software that allows you to perform as efficiently as possible. It should be quick and easy to get images from a digital camera, assign

Fig. 20.13. Simulation with the mirror-image software. Left preoperative state, center simulated result and right 1 year after rhinoplasty and chin augmentation

them to a patient, tag them with data and find the images when you need them. To compare images you may find that software designed specifically for the medical field offers a big advantage over a generic image management program. Medical-specific software makes it easier to perform these basic functions: image adjustment, annotation, presentations, simulation (Fig. 20.13) and printing.

The accuracy of computer imaging is 80% [1]. This means that surgeons and patients agreed that the value of prediction was about 80%.

When we use computer imaging for the preparation of surgical procedures and their predictability, the final results prove to be comparable with those programmed, particularly in the case of rhinoplasty and liposuction.

The following is a list of computer imaging software considerations:

  • Will you use the software in front of patients?
  • Will you use the software on a network?
  • Who will support the software?
  • Is training available?

Most patients think computer imaging should be a routine part of preoperative evaluation [2]. Before-and-after photographs have long been used to demonstrate to patients the effects of aesthetic surgery. Computer imaging can keep patient expectations realistic and lead to a truly informed consent [3].

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