Purpose: This study aims to compare orbital volume obtained by helical tomography and rapid prototyping.
Methods: The study sample was composed of 6 helical tomography scans. Eleven healthy orbits were identified to have their volumes measured. The volumetric analysis with the helical tomography utilized the same protocol developed by the Plastic Surgery Unit of the Federal University of Paraná. From the CT images, 11 prototypes were created, and their respective volumes were analyzed in 2 ways: using software by SolidWorks and by direct analysis, when the prototype was filled with saline solution. For statistical analysis, the results of the volumes of the 11 orbits were considered independent.
Results: The average orbital volume measurements obtained by the method of Ono et al was 20.51 cm3, the average obtained by the SolidWorks program was 20.64 cm3, and the average measured using the prototype method was 21.81 cm3. The 3 methods demonstrated a strong correlation between the measurements. The right and left orbits of each patient had similar volumes.
Conclusions: The tomographic method for the analysis of orbital volume using the Ono protocol yielded consistent values, and by combining this method with rapid prototyping, both reliability validations of results were enhanced.