CAD/CAm-assisted breast reconstruction
Melchels, Ferry P.W., Wiggenhauser, Paul, Warne, David, Barry, Mark D., Ong, Fook Rhu, Chong, Woon Shin, Hutmacher, Dietmar Werner, & Schantz, Jan-Thorsten (2011) CAD/CAm-assisted breast reconstruction. Biofabrication, 3(3).
The application of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques in the clinic is growing slowly but steadily. The ability to build patient-specific models based on medical imaging data offers major potential. In this work we report on the feasibility of employing laser scanning with CAD/CAM techniques to aid in breast reconstruction. A patient was imaged with laser scanning, an economical and facile method for creating an accurate digital representation of the breasts and surrounding tissues. The obtained model was used to fabricate a customized mould that was employed as an intra-operative aid for the surgeon performing autologous tissue reconstruction of the breast removed due to cancer. Furthermore, a solid breast model was derived from the imaged data and digitally processed for the fabrication of customized scaffolds for breast tissue engineering. To this end, a novel generic algorithm for creating porosity within a solid model was developed, using a finite element model as intermediate.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||rapid protyping, meshing, implant|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified (090399)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Current > Research Centres > High Performance Computing and Research Support
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Deposited On:||20 Feb 2012 22:23|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:11|
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