Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Patients find computer imaging before rhinoplasty moderately accurate, useful

Date:
November 15, 2010
Source:
JAMA and Archives Journals
Summary:
Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a new report.

Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Preoperative computer imaging is now widely used throughout facial plastic surgery, according to background information in the article. The technique may improve communication between surgeon and patient, help reconcile differences between a patient's desires and a surgeon's aesthetic, aid in preoperative analysis and planning and help identify patients with unrealistic expectations.

To assess the accuracy of the images in rhinoplasty, plastic surgery involving the nose, Umang Mehta, M.D., then of Lasky Clinic, Beverly Hills, and now of Atherton Plastic Surgery Center, Atherton, Calif., and colleagues studied 38 patients who underwent primary or revision rhinoplasty. Preoperative computer images and photographs taken six months after surgery were sent to two panels of judges -- one composed of surgeons and the other of non-surgeons -- who assessed the preoperative image accuracy on 12 parameters. In addition, patients were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with the outcome and the accuracy and usefulness of the computer images.

Overall, the expert panel rated the computer images with an average score of 3 on a scale of one to five, meaning they were moderately accurate. The least accurate parameter was the height of the supratip, or the area just above the tip of the nose, while the width of the nasal bones was rated most accurate. The non-surgeon panel gave the images an overall accuracy score of 3.55 and also rated the supratip height the least accurate parameter. However, they rated the straightness of the nasal pyramid the most accurate parameter.

Patient surveys were completed by 11 of the 38 participants. Of these, nine (81 percent) rated their overall happiness with the outcome at a four or five on a scale of one to five, and the accuracy of the computer images at 3.4. They perceived the imaging process to be helpful in understanding the surgeon's aesthetic, developing trust and understanding the surgery. Satisfied patients tended to have higher accuracy scores for their images.

"Patients found the preoperative computer imaging process to be extremely useful in several respects and stated that they would highly recommend the process to anyone undergoing the surgery," the authors write. "It is a reasonably accurate process, with supratip edema [swelling above the tip] being the primary limiting factor six months postoperatively. Projection seems to be the most challenging parameter to image accurately in the more difficult cases. Finally, there seems to be a correlation between accuracy of imaging and the patient's overall satisfaction level."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by JAMA and Archives Journals. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Umang Mehta, Kashif Mazhar, Andrew S. Frankel. Accuracy of Preoperative Computer Imaging in Rhinoplasty. Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, 2010; 12 (6): 394-398 DOI: 10.1001/archfacial.2010.96

Cite This Page:

JAMA and Archives Journals. "Patients find computer imaging before rhinoplasty moderately accurate, useful." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 November 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101115174011.htm>.
JAMA and Archives Journals. (2010, November 15). Patients find computer imaging before rhinoplasty moderately accurate, useful. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 29, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101115174011.htm
JAMA and Archives Journals. "Patients find computer imaging before rhinoplasty moderately accurate, useful." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101115174011.htm (accessed July 29, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Generics Eat Into Pfizer's Sales

Generics Eat Into Pfizer's Sales

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 29, 2014) Pfizer, the world's largest drug maker, cut full-year revenue forecasts because generics could cut into sales of its anti-arthritis drug, Celebrex. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Nigeria Ups Ebola Stakes on 1st Death

Nigeria Ups Ebola Stakes on 1st Death

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 29, 2014) Nigerian authorities have shut and quarantined a Lagos hospital where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous economy. David Pollard reports Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Running 5 Minutes A Day Might Add Years To Your Life

Running 5 Minutes A Day Might Add Years To Your Life

Newsy (July 29, 2014) According to a new study, just five minutes of running or jogging a day could add years to your life. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Outbreak Poses Little Threat To U.S.: CDC

Ebola Outbreak Poses Little Threat To U.S.: CDC

Newsy (July 29, 2014) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa poses little threat to Americans, according to officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins