Computer Science - Research and Development

, Volume 26, Issue 1–2, pp 135–142 | Cite as

Contact-free volumetric measurement and documentation of facial turgors during the healing period after dental surgery

  • Christoph JohnEmail author
  • Ulrich Schwanecke
  • Dan Brüllmann
Special Issue Paper


In this paper we present a cost-efficient system to empower the contact-free volumetric measurement of facial turgors, see Fig. 1. Our system enables the reliable measurement and documentation of therapy and healing processes of patients after dental surgeries. At different time intervals therefor textured depth data are captured with a structured light scanner to subsequently determine volumetric models of the turgor under investigation. The volumetric models are measured and documented and result in elaborate information about a patients anastasis after dental surgery. The presented system is currently used in a clinical study to analyze the healing period after third molar removal.


Structured light Volumetric measurement Documentation Dental therapy analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph John
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ulrich Schwanecke
    • 1
  • Dan Brüllmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of DesignComputer Science and Media RheinMain University of Applied SciencesWiesbadenGermany
  2. 2.University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-UniversityMainzGermany

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