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J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Jul;20(4):1169-72. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181acdb95.

Fabrication of an auricular prosthesis using computed tomography and rapid prototyping technique.

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Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Baskent University, Istanbul, Turkey.


This article describes the use of computed tomography and rapid prototyping method to produce a wax pattern of a missing ear. Computed tomographic scans were obtained from the patient, and a three-dimensional digital image was produced using a computer-aided design software. Then, the image of the present ear was extracted, and its mirror image was obtained with the software. The pattern of the inverted three-dimensional cast was produced using a rapid prototyping machine. The cast was duplicated in wax of identical dimensions and shape of the opposing ear, and the auricular prosthesis was fabricated with traditional methods.

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