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Title: Novel combination of reverse engineering and vapid prototyping in medicine
Authors: Schenker, R
De Beer, DJ
Du Preez, WB
Thomas, ME
Richter, PW
Keywords: Reverse engineering
Rapid prototyping
Customized bone implants
Hip replacements
MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging
Biological sciences
Issue Date: Aug-1999
Publisher: Bureau Scientific Publ
Citation: Schenker, R et al. 1999. Novel combination of reverse engineering and vapid prototyping in medicine. South African Journal of Science, Vol. 95(8), pp 327-328
Abstract: The technologies of reverse engineering and rapid prototyping are emerging as useful new tools in medicine. One application is of particular interest in orthopaedic, dental and reconstructive surgery. It involves the imaging, modelling and replication (as a physical model) of a patient's bone structure. The models can be viewed and physically handled before surgery, which is of great benefit in evaluation of the procedure and implant fit in difficult cases. The technology promises lessened risk to the patient and reduced cost through saving in theatre time. A case study is presented, involving hip replacement in a patient who had experienced severe bone loss through osteoporosis. Such applications are a further step towards the development of a new generation of customized bone implants.
Description: Copyright: 1999 Bureau Scientific Publ
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/816
ISSN: 0038-2353
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