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The Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC) (http://www.itccanarias.org/web/) is an applied research Institute belonging to the Regional Government of Canary Islands (Spain). The ITC is active in different research fields. In particular, the Biomedical Engineering Department focuses on 3D-printed, custom-made implants for bone loss reconstruction and regeneration.
Biomedical Engineering Department Workflow
During this workshop we plan to explore, together with the GTMA (Group of Medical Technology and Audiovisuals), the possibilities of 3DSlicer and its evironment in three possible projects.
#1 Software for orthognathic surgical planning. A piece of software that simulates temporomandibular joint rotation after computer-simulated osteotomies.
#2 Augmented reality for patient-specific implant surgery. AR -or VR- to quickly inspect a patient’s CT or MRI scan, and confirm the right placement of implants in the course of surgery. It must provide an intuitive way to navigate a 3D model of both the patient’s anatomy and implant, and it must be a setup that surgeons can bring into the operating theatre and must be faster to operate than existing commercial navigation systems. To be used in some very difficult custom made surgeries like vertebral body en-block resection with emphasis in sacrum replacement, acetabular reconstruction or some maxillofacial difficult surgeries.
#3 A simulator for the humerus and ulna sliding on their articular surfaces with collision and impingement detection.
Assess the feasibility of the aforementioned projects.
SlicerCMF (CranioMaxiloFacial app) was preliminary evaluated, capabilities and examples look promising (Thanks JC!)
SlicerVR was considered. Our roadmap:
Use VR to navigate the model and US-3D volume to locate blood vessels, muscle or cartilage during tumor resection
Project #3: ‘A simulator for the humerus and ulna articular surfaces’ Postponed for reevaluation.
The following are real 3d-printed anatomical models - not renders - using “voxel printing”
Credit: C. Bader, D. Kolb, J. C. Weaver, S. Sharma, A. Hosny, J. Costa, N. Oxman, Making data matter: Voxel printing for the digital fabrication of data across scales and domains. Sci. Adv. 4, eaas8652 (30 May 2018).