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Holding versus seeing pathology. Three-dimensional printing of the bony pelvis for preoperative planning of a complex pelvis fracture: A case report

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Pelvic injuries are not uncommon. The complex anatomy of the pelvic bones, the complex pattern of injuries, associated important structures such as neurovascular bundles, and difficult access make the reduction and fixation of these fractures difficult. Often the surgical outcomes are not satisfactory. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging using computed tomography (CT) scan (3DCT) has been the mainstay of preoperative evaluation since the 1980s, however, even with these images it may be difficult to understand complex injury patterns. Preoperative printing of a 3D model using the same CT scan data allows surgeons to hold the pelvis in their hands and then plan appropriate treatment. We report one such case of complex pelvic injury and its management using the novel method of preoperative 3D model printing.

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(A and B) Images of the three-dimensional printed model of pelvis with both hips, held in the hand with the surgeon pointing at the acetabular fracture seen very well
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Figure 5: (A and B) Images of the three-dimensional printed model of pelvis with both hips, held in the hand with the surgeon pointing at the acetabular fracture seen very well

Mentions: However, the CT scan images including the 3DCT reconstructions [Figure 3] did not provide sufficient information to understand the anatomy of the comminuted fracture. Hence, a 3D model of the pelvis with both hips was prepared to better understand the anatomy and pathology [Figures 4 and 5].


Holding versus seeing pathology. Three-dimensional printing of the bony pelvis for preoperative planning of a complex pelvis fracture: A case report
(A and B) Images of the three-dimensional printed model of pelvis with both hips, held in the hand with the surgeon pointing at the acetabular fracture seen very well
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Figure 5: (A and B) Images of the three-dimensional printed model of pelvis with both hips, held in the hand with the surgeon pointing at the acetabular fracture seen very well
Mentions: However, the CT scan images including the 3DCT reconstructions [Figure 3] did not provide sufficient information to understand the anatomy of the comminuted fracture. Hence, a 3D model of the pelvis with both hips was prepared to better understand the anatomy and pathology [Figures 4 and 5].

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Pelvic injuries are not uncommon. The complex anatomy of the pelvic bones, the complex pattern of injuries, associated important structures such as neurovascular bundles, and difficult access make the reduction and fixation of these fractures difficult. Often the surgical outcomes are not satisfactory. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging using computed tomography (CT) scan (3DCT) has been the mainstay of preoperative evaluation since the 1980s, however, even with these images it may be difficult to understand complex injury patterns. Preoperative printing of a 3D model using the same CT scan data allows surgeons to hold the pelvis in their hands and then plan appropriate treatment. We report one such case of complex pelvic injury and its management using the novel method of preoperative 3D model printing.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus