PLoS One 2015 2;10(9):e0136370. Epub 2015 Sep 2.
TECHNA Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Surgical Oncology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the role of advanced fabrication technology across a broad spectrum of head and neck surgical procedures, including applications in endoscopic sinus surgery, skull base surgery, and maxillofacial reconstruction. The initial case studies demonstrated three applications of rapid prototyping technology are in head and neck surgery: i) a mono-material paranasal sinus phantom for endoscopy training ii) a multi-material skull base simulator and iii) 3D patient-specific mandible templates. Digital processing of these phantoms is based on real patient or cadaveric 3D images such as CT or MRI data. Read More