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Science museum offers 3-D face screenings for visitors

By Dental Tribune International
January 19, 2012

LONDON, UK: Visitors to the Science Museum in London can now volunteer to have their photograph taken with a 3-D camera and explore what their faces look like in another dimension. The Me in 3D project is part of the museum’s ongoing Live Science programme, in which visitors can volunteer to take part in real experiments conducted by visiting scientists.

The photographs, which will be taken using the latest 3-D imaging technology, will be used to compile the largest database of 3-D facial images in the world and will help with vital research conducted by visiting surgeons from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute. The photographs will be used by the researchers to study patterns in face shape. This could help the surgeons improve treatment for patients with facial disfigurement.

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“The Science Museum thrives on engaging visitors in the latest contemporary science issues and our Live Science programme lets visitors meet the experts and involves the public directly in cutting-edge research which has an impact upon all of us,” Priya Umachandran, Contemporary Science Developer at the Science Museum, said.

Dr Chris Abela, Senior Craniofacial Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “We know a lot about the bones in our faces but little is known about what makes our face the shape it is and about the skin and muscles that make up our face. By collecting as many 3-D face photographs as we can, we will have a greater understanding of our complex faces, and have greater knowledge to plan and perform the best facial surgery in the future.”

Me in 3D will run until 10 April. The experiments are free of charge and open to all visitors.

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