A practical guide to image processing in the creation of 3D models for orthopedics

Green, Nicholas, Glatt, Vaida, Tetsworth, Kevin, Wilson, Lance J., & Grant, Caroline A. (2016) A practical guide to image processing in the creation of 3D models for orthopedics. Techniques in Orthopaedics, 31(3), pp. 153-163.

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3D computer modelling and 3D printing technology is approaching a commodity level in many areas, including medical applications. 3D computer models are used in a wide variety of these applications, such as pre-operative planning and patient specific customized implants in orthopaedics that treat complex fractures and correct pathological anatomy. This article provides a detailed description of the processes involved in creating and printing a 3D anatomical model. In addition, the various steps associated with the imaging of anatomical injuries or deformities using CT or MRI scanners, image processing and segmentation techniques, the creation of a virtual 3D model, printer selection for 3D printing of the model, and hardware and software requirements are discussed. An example of a case in which a 3D printed model was used as a pre-operative planning tool is provided to demonstrate the procedures involved from start to finish, culminating in a 3D printed anatomical model.

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ID Code: 99566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: 3D modelling, 3D printing, segmentation, medical imaging, image processing, surgical planning, cutom implants, anatomical model
DOI: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000181
ISSN: 0885-9698
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2016 23:39
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 21:48

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