A six-year-old Birmingham boy badly burned in a fire while camping has become one of the first patients to receive groundbreaking facial treatment with a 3-D camera.
William Wright suffered substantial burns before he was rescued from a tent on a Warwickshire campsite last August.
His facial splint was produced using images processed via a camera at University Hospital Birmingham which takes a 3-D impression of a patient's face in seconds.
Previously, patients had a facial impression taken in theatre either under sedation or general anaesthetic when a cast model was made which was then adapted to fit to size.
The 3-D digital surface capture camera produces a much closer fitting splint and means less visits to hospital for the patient in question.
The camera is made of four synchronised digital cameras which simultaneously capture a 3-D model image.
It can be viewed in a number of angles and is stored as a record, manipulated, enhanced, or used to acquire measurements.
Five patients have already benefited from the new camera, which is the first such device in the world.
Peter Jeynes, from the hospital's Maxillofacial Prosthetics department, said: "This is a tremendous breakthrough in the construction of making facial splints for burns patients."