Advanced "tactile" medical imaging for separation surgeries of conjoined twins

Andrew M. Christensen, Stephen M. Humphries, Keith Y C Goh, Dale Swift

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Abstract

Background: Understanding the anatomy of conjoined twins is difficult because of the rarity of this congenital malformation and the scarcity of reported cases in medical literature. New technology: Advances in radiologic imaging, computer modeling, and sophisticated manufacturing techniques enable medical imaging datasets to be translated into accurate, solid, life-size models. These models, which can be designed to include various combinations of anatomical features revealed by established imaging modalities, are important for pre-surgical assessments and planning, as well as for reference during the actual operative procedure. In addition, they provide a valuable basis for communication between the groups of specialists who are involved in these cases. Case studies: This article will describe the advances in technology behind this process and illustrate its value in two cases of craniopagus twins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-553
Number of pages7
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume20
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

Keywords

  • 3D imaging
  • Conjoined
  • Craniopagus twins
  • Modeling
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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