A 45 year old male presented with a meningioma, a tumor that forms on membranes covering the brain and spinal cord just inside the skull.
The clinical team faced difficulty in localizing the tumor on sphenoid bone and the surrounding vessels, making treatment planning difficult.
CT & MRI patient imaging scans were overlaid to give a 1:1 scale model of the skull-based tumor and vasculature around the Circle of Willis (an arterial structure located at the base of the brain that supplies blood to the brain and surrounding structures).
The 3D printed anatomical model was then used in intra-team planning for the trajectory of resection, and to explain to the patient the exact extent of pathology.
In this case, the 3D printed anatomical model supported informed consent from the patient. The anatomical model also enabled a greater understanding of the approach across the entire surgical team, allowing the exact trajectory to be planned prior to surgery, thus reducing overall theatre and sedation time.
Providing clinicians with surgical insights beyond traditional medical imaging…
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