ePlasty: Vol. 11
Usefulness of the Portable DICOM Viewer System for Facial Bone Fractures
Shimpei Ono, MD, PhD,a Hiromitsu Hayashi, MD, PhD,b Junichi Nakao, MD,a Takeshi Iimura, MD,a Rei Ogawa, MD, PhD,a Yoshihiro Takami, MD, PhD,a and Hiko Hyakusoku, MD, PhDa

aDepartments of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery and bRadiology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo

Correspondence: s-ono@nms.ac.jp

Dear Sir,

It is widely recognized that 3-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) is useful for diagnosing facial bone fractures.1 However, it can be sometimes difficult to obtain such specialized 3D-CT images from radiologists because of the unusual and specific nature of the request. Moreover, it sometimes takes a long time before the 3D photographs are received. Consequently, we have developed a system by which plastic surgeons themselves can immediately and precisely determine the details of a facial fracture. This system involves the use of a personal laptop computer on which a Digital Imaging and Communications (DICOM) viewer has been preinstalled.

This viewer is used as follow .......