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Reverse engineering techniques for cranioplasty: a case study

Maravelakis, Emmanuel, David K., Antoniadis Aristomenis, Manios A., Bilalis Nikolaos, Papaharilaou, Yannis

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Year 2008
Type of Item Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication
Bibliographic Citation E. Maravelakis, K. David, A. Antoniadis, A. Manios, N. Bilalis and Y. Papaharilaou, "Reverse engineering techniques for cranioplasty: a case study" J. Medical Eng. and Technology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 115-121, 2008. doi:10.1080/03091900600700749
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This paper presents rapid prototyping and reverse engineering techniques applied to create an implant for the surgical reconstruction of a large cranial defect. A series of computed tomography (CT) images was obtained and purpose built software was used to extract the cranial geometry in a point cloud. The point cloud produced was used for: (a) the creation of a stereolithographic (STL) physical model for direct assessment of the cranial defect; and (b) the creation of a 3D mould model for the fabrication of the patient-specific implant.