The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSouthwestern) Medical Center
To capture facial movements and expressions using 3D video technology (“4D”) to assess constructual and functional facial differences in children with craniofacial conditions.
To evaluate dynamic facial assymetry following cleft lip repair.
To effectively measure the outcome of craniofacial and cleft surgery (pre & post surgery.)
To use 4D technology to improve and document the treatment of craniofacial conditions over time.
To develop new research based on assymetric and abnormal facial movements.
Validation of using DI4D PRO to capture, evaluate and measure facial movements pre and post surgery and throughout treatment.
New Research published around dynamic facial assymetry and abnormal facial movements in children with craniofacial conditions.
Results presented at several international conferences.
Headed up by Dr. Alex A. Kane, The Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Team at UTSouthwestern Medical Center work with infants and children who require reconstructive procedures. Patients range from children with congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis, to those with traumatic injuries. Not only do the team aim to improve quality of life, they are also seen as pioneers in the field of craniofacial surgery.
Dr. James Seaward* is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UTSouthwestern Medical Center and he treats children with a variety of craniofacial difficulties.
“Repairing a cleft lip completely changes the psychosocial interactions that a child will experience throughout their lifetime, and repairing a cleft palate gives the child the ability to speak and be understood.”
Dr. Seaward and the team at UTSouthwestern Medical Center wanted to evaluate and assess facial movements and expressions in children with a number of craniofacial conditions. To do this they required a system that provided 3D video (“4D”) data capture and analysis.
Dr. Seaward explains,
“A lot of differences have already been established in 3D, but our social interactions are very dynamic. The face is always moving, this happens over time…the way you move and how the pattern of movements impacts on your social interactions – we needed a system that was able to provide us with this data.”
“If a child has an injury to a facial nerve, we want to be able to document their progress. 4D capture is a great way of objectively measuring that child throughout time to show how the nerve function is improving – we needed a System that could capture this.”
The DI4D PRO System was chosen to meet the team’s requirements and address their challenges.
The high fidelity of data delivered by the System assisted the team in the validation and development of their research into dynamic facial asymmetry and abnormal facial movements.
Dr. Seaward says,
“We looked at other systems, however, the DI4D PRO System was the one which best suited our needs. The quality of point tracking, the data delivered and the software was second to none.”
The DI4D PRO System has helped the Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Team at UTSouthwestern Medical Center improve the lives of numerous children with their pioneering craniofacial surgery and treatment.
Dr. Seaward said,
“Measuring the outcome of surgery enables us to continually improve and allows the patient to see how it has made a difference – the DI4D PRO System helps us do that.”
“Prior to implementing the System, a lot of research was done in 3D, which means we don’t get the motion parts of the expressions..the dynamic components of how the expressions are made – we can now do this with the DI4D PRO System.”
“We strive to be leaders in the field of craniofacial surgery and provide the best treatment we can for our patients - the DI4D PRO System helps us to achieve this, whilst continually providing high quality data for our research around dynamic facial asymmetry.”
“We are very happy with the data and results from the DI4D PRO System. It has given us some great data that we have presented at key events and conferences including the 2015 American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association and Plastic Surgery Research Council Annual Meetings.”
*Originally from London, Dr. Seaward graduated with Honours from Trinity College, Cambridge. His clinical practice is exclusively paediatric and includes general paediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial surgery including minimally invasive techniques, vascular anomalies and trauma reconstruction. Dr. Seaward trained in Plastic Surgery in the UK and completed his fellowship training in Paediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, is UK Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association.
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