Me in 3D
4 Jan 2012, 3:07 p.m.
Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Science Museum, University College Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute have joined up to launch an exciting new project to create the largest database of face shapes in the world. The information will be used by medical teams and researchers to treat patients who have to have facial surgery. Me in 3D will run from 11 January until 10 April at the Science Museum and visitors can volunteer to have their photograph taken with a 3D camera and explore what their faces look like in another dimension.
The photographs will be taken using the latest 3D imaging technology and will be used to form the largest database of 3D facial images in the world and will help with vital research. Researchers will use the photographs to study patterns in face shape and this could help surgeons improve treatment for patients with facial disfigurement.
Dr Chris Abela, Senior Craniofacial Fellow, 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 3D 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. This is a really exciting event and we want as many children, young people and adults to come and see themselves in 3D.”
Priya Umachandran, Contemporary Science Developer at the Science Museum said: “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.”