A multinational deployment of 3D laser scanning to study craniofacial dysmorphology in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Jeff Rogers, Eric Wernert, Elizabeth Moore, Richard Ward, Leah Flury Wetherill, Tatiana Foroud

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Craniofacial anthropometry (the measurement and analysis of head and face dimensions) has been used to assess and describe abnormal craniofacial variation (dysmorphology) and the facial phenotype in many medical syndromes. Traditionally, anthropometry measurements have been collected by the direct application of calipers and tape measures to the subject's head and face, and can suffer from inaccuracies due to restless subjects, erroneous landmark identification, clinician variability, and other forms of human error. Three-dimensional imaging technologies promise a more effective alternative that separates the acquisition and measurement phases to reduce these variabilities while also enabling novel measurements and longitudinal analysis of subjects. Indiana University (IU) is part of an international consortium of researchers studying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Fetal alcohol exposure results in predictable craniofacial dysmorphologies, and anthropometry has been proven to be an effective diagnosis tool for the condition. IU is leading a project to study the use of 3D surface scanning to acquire anthropometry data in order to more accurately diagnose FASD, especially in its milder forms. This paper describes our experiences in selecting, verifying, supporting, and coordinating a set of 3D scanning systems for use in collecting facial scans and anthropometric data from around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Videometrics IX
ISBN (Print)0819466042, 9780819466044
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
EventVideometrics IX - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 29 2007Jan 30 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherVideometrics IX
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • 3D surface scanning
  • Anthropometry
  • Craniofacial dysmorphology
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Medical diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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