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Radiat Oncol. 2011 Nov 16;6:159. doi: 10.1186/1748-717X-6-159.

Virtual 3D tumor marking-exact intraoperative coordinate mapping improve post-operative radiotherapy.

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  • 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.

Abstract

The quality of the interdisciplinary interface in oncological treatment between surgery, pathology and radiotherapy is mainly dependent on reliable anatomical three-dimensional (3D) allocation of specimen and their context sensitive interpretation which defines further treatment protocols. Computer-assisted preoperative planning (CAPP) allows for outlining macroscopical tumor size and margins. A new technique facilitates the 3D virtual marking and mapping of frozen sections and resection margins or important surgical intraoperative information. These data could be stored in DICOM format (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) in terms of augmented reality and transferred to communicate patient's specific tumor information (invasion to vessels and nerves, non-resectable tumor) to oncologists, radiotherapists and pathologists.

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