Journal article

Emerging Applications of Bedside 3D Printing in Plastic Surgery.

Michael P Chae, Warren M Rozen, Paul G McMenamin, Michael W Findlay, Robert T Spychal, David J Hunter-Smith

Frontiers in Surgery | Frontiers Media SA | Published : 2015

Abstract

Modern imaging techniques are an essential component of preoperative planning in plastic and reconstructive surgery. However, conventional modalities, including three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions, are limited by their representation on 2D workstations. 3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, was once the province of industry to fabricate models from a computer-aided design (CAD) in a layer-by-layer manner. The early adopters in clinical practice have embraced the medical imaging-guided 3D-printed biomodels for their ability to provide tactile feedback and a superior appreciation of visuospatial relationship between anatomical structures. With increasing ac..

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