Craniofacial Surgery Planning

Three-dimensional surface modeling from CT images has long been used to help plan craniofacial surgery procedures [29,59,60]. Figure 28 shows a procedure for mirror imaging, using the normal contralateral slide to design a prosthetic implant that will exactly fit the deficit in the damaged side, in this case a hole left by an old facial fracture. The implant can be designed on the workstation and the data taken to a milling machine where the plastic implant is milled to the precise size and shape required and then taken into the operating room for placement in the patient.

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