How surgeons at North Manchester General Hospital are putting a new handheld facial scanner through its paces

The creation of facial prosthetics for trauma patients has traditionally involved taking an impression of the patient’s face where the patient must lie back, very still, until it sets, after which a gypsum stone solution is poured into the mould. Once this hardens, the facial prosthesis can be built around it. The process is not always reliable and can be long and extremely uncomfortable. 3D scanning presents healthcare professionals with a less intrusive, more streamlined alternative.