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Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

2015, vol. 24, nr 4, July-August, p. 737–741

doi: 10.17219/acem/58951

Publication type: review article

Language: English

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Photogrammetry and Its Potential Application in Medical Science on the Basis of Selected Literature

Halina Ey-Chmielewska1,A,B,C,F, Małgorzata Chruściel-Nogalska1,B,C,D, Bogumiła Frączak1,E

1 Department of Dental Prosthetics, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland


Photogrammetry is a science and technology which allows quantitative traits to be determined, i.e. the reproduction of object shapes, sizes and positions on the basis of their photographs. Images can be recorded in a wide range of wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. The most common is the visible range, but nearand mediuminfrared, thermal infrared, microwaves and X-rays are also used. The importance of photogrammetry has increased with the development of computer software. Digital image processing and real-time measurement have allowed the automation of many complex manufacturing processes. Photogrammetry has been widely used in many areas, especially in geodesy and cartography. In medicine, this method is used for measuring the widely understood human body for the planning and monitoring of therapeutic treatment and its results. Digital images obtained from optical-electronic sensors combined with computer technology have the potential of objective measurement thanks to the remote nature of the data acquisition, with no contact with the measured object and with high accuracy. Photogrammetry also allows the adoption of common standards for archiving and processing patient data.

Key words

photogrammetry, image reconstruction, orthopedics, dermatology, forensic medicine, dentistry.

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