Initial Experience Using 3-Dimensional Printed Models for Head and Neck Reconstruction in Haiti

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Initial Experience Using 3-Dimensional Printed Models for Head and Neck Reconstruction in Haiti


JournalEar, Nose & Throat Journal
Publication date – Aug – 2020
Authors – Swar Vimawala, Terry Gao, Jared Goldfarb, Dominick Gadaleta, Bon Ku, Patrick Jean-Gilles, Adam Luginbuhl, Robert Pugliese, Donald Weed, Joseph M Curry
Keywords3D printing, mandibular reconstruction, rapid prototyping, resource-limited country, stereolithography
Open access – Yes
SpecialityENT surgery, Surgical Education
World region Caribbean
Country: Haiti
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on August 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm
Abstract:

This report describes the first use of a novel workflow for in-house computer-aided design (CAD) for application in a resource-limited surgical outreach setting. Preoperative computed tomography imaging obtained locally in Haiti was used to produce rapid-prototyped 3-dimensional (3D) mandibular models for 2 patients with large ameloblastomas. Models were used for patient consent, surgical education, and surgical planning. Computer-aided design and 3D models have the potential to significantly aid the process of complex surgery in the outreach setting by aiding in surgical consent and education, in addition to expected surgical applications of improved anatomic reconstruction.

OSI Number – 20629
PMID – 32776836

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