Radiographic cephalometry has been one of the most With “Three-Dimensional Cephalometry – A Color important diagnostic tools in orthodontics, since its Atlas and Manual”by the authors Swennen,Schutyser introduction in the early 1930s by Broadbent in the and Hausamen you have an exciting book in your United States and Hofrath in Germany.Generations of hands. It shows you how the head can be analysed in orthodontists have relied on the interpretation of these three dimensions with the aid of 3D-cephalometry. images for their diagnosis and treatment planning as Of course,at the moment the technique is not available well as for the long-term follow-up of growth and in every orthodontic of?ce around the corner. H- treatment results.Also in the planning for surgical ever, especially for the planning of more complex orthodontic corrections of jaw discrepancies, lateral cases where combined surgical – orthodontic tre- and antero-posterior cephalograms have been valu- ment is indicated,it is my sincere conviction that wi- able tools.For these purposes numerous cephalomet- in 10 years time 3D cephalometry will have changed ric analyses are available.However,a major drawback our way of thinking about planning and clinical of the existing technique is that it renders only a two- handling of these patients. dimensional representation of a three-dimensional structure.
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