Researchers are combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques used in Hollywood blockbusters to offer new hope to victims of serious facial injuries.

Researchers are combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques being used in Hollywood movies to offer new hope to victims of serious facial injuries.

Results of a new study on human face transplantation revealed by specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) demonstrate that the same 3-D imaging technology used in movies can be combined with traditional restoration tactics to assist doctors in all aspects of facial reconstruction. Under existing techniques, severe facial injuries are almost impossible to repair to a wholly satisfactory level. It is an intricate process that requires facial tissue from a donor to be matched and transferred to a patient in order to re-establish life sustaining functions like chewing, breathing, and speaking. Until now, permanent disfigurement has been almost all too certain of a reality.

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