Indian Surgeons Using 3D-Printed Skull to Guide Delicate Surgery on 3-Year-Old

Published by , August 25, 2014 11:50 am

(Livemint) — A team of Indian plastic surgeons plans to use a sterilized, 3D-printed replica of a 3-year-old patient’s deformed skull to guide their upcoming surgery. The child suffers from craniosynostosis, a condition in which joints between skull bones fuse in an abnormal sequence to alter the normal shape of the skull. It restricts brain growth, affecting the sense of smell, and in extreme cases, affecting the nerves and leading to intellectual disabilities.

Typically, plastic surgeons rely on two-dimensional images to restore the face or skull. To create the replica of the child’s skull, the doctors converted the CT scan data into a 3D file and sent it to Divide by Zero Technologies, a Mumbai-based 3D printer maker. The 3D-printed replica will help the surgeons cut the bones with precision. The operation will be performed by surgeons at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Puducherry.


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