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Augmented patient-specific facial prosthesis production using medical imaging modelling and 3D printing technologies for improved patient outcomes

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posted on 10.07.2020 by Mazher Mohammed, Brenton Cadd, Greg Peart, Ian Gibson
Facial prosthetic offer patients a low risk and high impact treatment option to address underlying facial defects. Such devices are generally handmade, requiring several labour-intensive manufacturing phases and numerous patient consultations to develop the final device. Therefore, production is a time-consuming and costly process with significant inconvenience to the patient and highly dependent on the skills of the prosthetists, making the whole process highly subjective. We investigate the potential of medical imaging, 3D design modelling and high-resolution 3D printing to augment the production of an auricular prosthesis for a patient who was previously using a handmade prosthesis. We reproduce the patient’s uncompromised anatomy from CT scan data, before printing a mirrored template to use in the casting process for a silicone prosthesis. This technique realises a superior end prosthesis with a realistic look on the patient while streamlining the current production methodology.

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School

  • Design

Published in

Virtual and Physical Prototyping

Volume

13

Issue

3

Pages

164 - 176

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Acceptance date

24/02/2018

Publication date

2018-03-13

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

1745-2759

eISSN

1745-2767

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Mazher Mohammed. Deposit date: 8 July 2020

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