The contribution of three dimensional computed tomography imaging in the diagnosis of craniosynostosis

Hippokratia 2005, 9(4):173-179

G Grollios, Ir Kazantzidou, G Anastasiou, D Daravingas, M Siopi, K Tsinoglou, Gr Terzis, K Tsarouchas
1st Radiology Dpt, Hippojkratio General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece


The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the role of three-dimentional computed tomography(3D-CT) in the diagnosis and study of the various types of craniostenosis and to help the correct management of the disease .32 children ,with a clinical indication of craniostenosis or suspicion of the disease after a CT-scan ,were examined with a three-dimensional reconstruction of the acquired axial CT images. The age of the examined children ranged from 12 days to 5 years. In every case, the diagnosis of craniostenosis was clear .Moreover the possible coexistence of other intracranial lesions or congential disease was investigated.The surgical repair was planned based on the results of the three -dimensional CT reconstruction .Our study also included the Siamese sisters who exhibited craniosynostosis at the six-month follow-up follow-up after their succesful separation.
In conclusion , we can claim that three-dimentional computed tomography ,combined with classic axial CT imaging contributes to the diagnosis of the type of craniosynostosis , providing detailed information about the extent of the disease and revealing also possible coexisting intracranial disease; Finally, 3D-CT can be used as a base for the surgical planning of patients with craniosynostosis.