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Clin Plast Surg. 1994 Oct;21(4):501-16.

Craniofacial computer-assisted surgical planning and simulation.

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Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Institute, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri.

Abstract

Computer-assisted planning and simulation of craniofacial surgery has progressed from development, through validation, and into clinical use. CT scans are transferred from the radiology department to a graphics workstation in the surgeon's office or laboratory, where data postprocessing and visualization for anatomic evaluation and surgical simulation are performed. Quantitative and qualitative comparative analyses between the plan/simulation and the actual postoperative result provide the feedback that validates or refutes the preoperative assessment and simulated intervention. The optimum surgical solution can be chosen from many possibilities. Interactive computer-assisted surgical simulation is also useful for morbidity-free training of inexperienced surgeons.

PMID:
7813151
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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