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Virtual surgical planning and CAD/CAM in the treatment of cranial defects

Winder, John, McRitchie, I, McKnight, Wesley and Cooke, S (2005) Virtual surgical planning and CAD/CAM in the treatment of cranial defects. In: Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 13, Long Beach. IOS Press. Vol 111 638 pp. [Conference contribution]

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The purpose of this work was to enhance the clinical outcome in the neurosurgical treatment of cranial defects and fibrous dysplasia. Cranial defects require repair using a variety of materials to protect the brain and provide a good cosmetic outcome for the patient. Virtual neurosurgery and CAD/CAM techniques have been employed to increase the implant 3-dimensional accuracy. The source data was 3D Computed Tomography scans. The CT scans were visualised using surface shading and rotation with volume rotation and re-sizing being used to review the complete data set. The volume data was manipulated using 3D image editing and surface modelling. Physical models of the patients’ skulls were created using computed numerical milling which provided a physically accurate template for the production of a cranial implant. This has led to improved fitting for titanium plates requiring less theatre time and in the case of fibrous dysplasia a change in the operative technique from a two stage operation to one stage.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:28920
Deposited By: Dr John Winder
Deposited On:25 Mar 2014 11:04
Last Modified:25 Mar 2014 11:04

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