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Using Stereolithography Models in Planning Spinal Surgery

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A. Ahlqvist, T. Conway, J. Nayfeh

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

O. Harrysson

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Paper No. IMECE2002-32636, pp. 403-404; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


CT data of two patients was used to create computer generated 3-dimensional models of portions of their spines. One of the patients suffered from scoliosis and the other patient from tortecolis. The virtual models were then used to create stereolithography models in order to assist the planning of surgery of the two patients. The models increased the surgeons understanding of the deformations of the patients spines by providing a visualization tool. Also, the surgeon was able to use the models for patient education.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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