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J Neurosurg. 2016 Nov;125(5):1194-1197. Epub 2016 Mar 4.

The utility of a multimaterial 3D printed model for surgical planning of complex deformity of the skull base and craniovertebral junction.

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1
Departments of 1 Neurosurgery and.
2
Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York.

Abstract

Utilizing advanced 3D printing techniques, a multimaterial model was created for the surgical planning of a complex deformity of the skull base and craniovertebral junction. The model contained bone anatomy as well as vasculature and the previously placed occipital cervical instrumentation. Careful evaluation allowed for a unique preoperative perspective of the craniovertebral deformity and instrumentation options. This patient-specific model was invaluable in choosing the most effective approach and correction strategy, which was not readily apparent from standard 2D imaging. Advanced 3D multimaterial printing provides a cost-effective method of presurgical planning, which can also be used for both patient and resident education.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; craniocervical junction; rapid prototyping; skull base surgery; surgical technique

PMID:
26943848
DOI:
10.3171/2015.12.JNS151936
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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