3D Printing to Guide Human Face Transplants

NEW YORK: To reach cosmetically better results out of complicated face transplantation surgeries, researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3D printing technology to recreate life size models of patients’ heads.

“It is a complicated operation and its own success relies on surgical planning,” said Frank Rybicki from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US.

“Our study demonstrated that in the event you utilize this model and hold the skull in your hand, there exists no better approach to plan the process,” Rybicki added.

“The 3D printed model helps us to ready the facial structures so when the particular transplantation occurs, the operation goes more smoothly,” said Amir Imanzadeh, research fellow from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The first full face transplantation was performed by physicians in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2011 in america and have afterwards finished four additional face transplants.


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