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Planar Osteotomies Virtual Surgical Planning And Patient-Specific Surgical Guides

Key Investigators

Project Description

Slicer infrastructure is ready to plan any kind of planar cuts if involved tissues are segmentable and rigid (e.g. bones) and it is possible to simulate the corresponding reconstructions.

With the addition of vtkbool to Slicer’s Sandbox extension it is now possible to do boolean operations that allow to create patient-specific surgical guides.

Having in mind the previous comments two Slicer modules were created:

BoneReconstructionPlanner has been already used in 3 surgeries.

DeformityCorrectionOsteotomyPlanner has achieved virtual surgical planning and patient-specific guides feature is on development. This module will be added to BoneReconstructionPlanner extension when it’s ready.


  1. Objective A. Help new developers that want to make available a planning module for a non-covered kind of surgery.
  2. Objective B. Add dental implants planning to BoneReconstructionPlanner and drill guides to the fibula-surgical-guide.
  3. Objective C. Add kirschner wires planning and positioning to the surgical-guide on DeformityCorrectionOsteotomyPlanner

Approach and Plan

For dental implant planning on BoneReconstructionPlanner:

  1. Make GUI to position/orient the dental implants.
  2. Define transforms from reconstructed-mandible to fibula
  3. Create drill guides on the fibula-surgical-guide using the previously created transforms for position/orientation.

For kirschner wires planning on DeformityCorrectionOsteotomyPlanner:

  1. Make a fixation plate 3D model and corresponding well-placed kirschner wires (cylinders).
  2. Make a registration of fixation plate algorithm
  3. Define transforms from corrected-bone to deformed-bone.
  4. Create kirchner-wire-guides on the deformed-bone-surgical-guide using the previously created transforms for position/orientation.

Progress and Next Steps

  1. New code available at DentalImplantsBranch of BoneReconstructionPlanner project.
  2. Dental Implants Surgical Planning.
  3. Corresponding Drill Guides on Fibula Surgical Guides.


Achieved till the start of Project Week

Desired work to be finished on project week:

Achieved on Project Week

Background and References

BoneReconstructionPlanner project.

DeformityCorrectionOsteotomyPlanner project.