Fractures of facial skeleton are common in a busy emergency department in often requires careful radiological study before surgical treatment. Radiographic evaluation of facial injuries is especially challenging because the complex facial structure results in a confusing overlapping of densities on the radiograph. Instead Spiral-CT enables obtaining images on different planes so that even subtle or complex fractures may be evaluated in the best way. Moreover, associated lesions of important organs can be diagnosed. Our purpose is to verify the value of Spiral-CT in traumatology of facial skeleton. We have evaluated retrospectively the images of 82 patients admitted for facial trauma. On the basis of our findings we think that conventional radiography should be reserved only for light traumas of superficial structures (nose, zygomatic arch, body of jaw); in the remaining cases Spiral-CT should be the first radiological examination.
[Spiral CT in maxillo-facial trauma]. FT Spiral-TC in traumatologia maxillo-facciale / Cusmano, F; Pedrazzini, M; Uccelli, M; Ferrozzi, F; Armaroli, S; Mineo, F; Tullio, Antonio; Pavone, P.. - In: ACTA BIO-MEDICA DE L'ATENEO PARMENSE. - ISSN 0392-4203. - 71:6(2000), pp. 291-298.