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Display of 3-D anatomy with stereolithographic models
Author(s): Nicholas J. Mankovich; Andrew M. Cheeseman; Noel G. Stoker
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Paper Abstract

Stereolithography, a new technique of prototype fabrication developed for the aerospace industry, offers a unique way to display patient anatomy. Like current computer-aided-design (CAD) systems, it uses digital image data from CT and MR to produce a physical model. Unlike conventional CAD it does not require a cutting tool and therefore CAD tool-path limitations do not exist. The stereolithography apparatus (SLA) uses an ultraviolet laser to selectively polymerize and solidify a polymeric liquid plastic solution under computer control. The device was used to produce a model of cranial bony anatomy from CT image data providing full internal detail in the constructed model including encased sinuses, foramen, and potentially complete internal anatomy within a closed skull. The advantages and disadvantages of this technology are reviewed with an emphasis on future development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1232, Medical Imaging IV: Image Capture and Display, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18854
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas J. Mankovich, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Andrew M. Cheeseman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Noel G. Stoker, Valley Medical Ctr. Dental Clinic (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1232:
Medical Imaging IV: Image Capture and Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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