3D camera systems are commercially available and come with their own software which stitches the images taken into a 3D image. Once the image has been stitched into a 3D format it can be imported into Cliniface for visualisation and analysis. There are many different systems to choose from, but two systems that have been used by the Cliniface team are highlighted below. Please note that the Cliniface team is not commercially affiliated with any 3D camera system vendor.
The Vectra H1 camera which is a handheld DSLR camera with a customised lens. With this system, the user captures three separate images which are then stitched together by the camera’s software to generate the 3D facial model. The camera can be used with a person seated, standing or in the lap. The subject must remain still while the three images are taken which can be challenging with younger children.
The 3dMD systems can take a 3D image of a complete face in milliseconds which has advantages for young children especially. Some 3dMD systems are fixed in place while others can be transported but in either case the system must be calibrated when setup and it should not be moved for the duration of the imaging session. This means that patients must typically be able to travel to the system’s location.
Both of these systems are able to accurately map the surface morphology of the face (if used correctly) to sub-millimetre accuracy.