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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-42

Mapping three-dimensional digital model to surgical site in facial surgery

1 Department of Oral and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
2 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Bin Zheng
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, 162 Heritage Medical Research Centre, 8440 112 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_8_17

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Reconstructive surgery in the facial and oral sites requires high levels of precision. Intraoperative guidance can enhance surgical precision with three-dimensional(3D) image model. Here, case report was our endeavor of creating a 3D digital image model to guide plastic procedure is performed on the soft tissue of a patient's cheek. 3D facial structure was taken preoperatively by scanning the contours of the patient's head. The defect on patient's left cheek due to an aneurysm was identified and virtually corrected by mirroring image from the healthy right side of the cheek. Once the 3D virtual model was created, we displayed the 3D model onto the surgical site during the operation to guide surgical procedure. Digital technology is developing rapidly and is unavoidable to merge with surgical care. Clinical judgment and intraoperative performance will be improved by our efforts of integrating digital technology into the operating room.

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