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Building virtual 3D bone fragment models to control diaphyseal fracture reduction
Author(s): Thierry Leloup; Frederic Schuind; Nadine Lasudry; Philippe Van Ham
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Paper Abstract

Most fractures of the long bones are displaced and need to be surgically reduced. External fixation is often used but the crucial point of this technique is the control of reduction, which is effected with a brilliance amplifier. This system, giving instantly a x-ray image, has many disadvantages. It implies frequent irradiation to the patient and the surgical team, the visual field is limited, the supplied images are distorted and it only gives 2D information. Consequently, the reduction is occasionally imperfect although intraoperatively it appears acceptable. Using the pains inserted in each fragment as markers and an optical tracker, it is possible to build a virtual 3D model for each principal fragment and to follow its movement during the reduction. This system will supply a 3D image of the fracture in real time and without irradiation. The brilliance amplifier could then be replaced by such a virtual reality system to provide the surgeon with an accurate tool facilitating the reduction of the fracture. The purpose of this work is to show how to build the 3D model for each principal bone fragment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3658, Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display, (26 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349443
Show Author Affiliations
Thierry Leloup, Univ. of Brussels (Belgium)
Frederic Schuind, Erasme Hospital/Univ. of Brussels (Belgium)
Nadine Lasudry, Univ. of Brussels (Belgium)
Philippe Van Ham, Univ. of Brussels (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3658:
Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display
Seong Ki Mun; Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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