Indexed on: 06 Apr '19Published on: 05 Apr '19Published in: Der Unfallchirurg
Possible use of 3D-printing technology in orthopedic surgery ranges from preoperative planning to dedicated counselling with patients by the use of individual 3D models, intraoperative surgery tools or implants and various other applications. This article describes a technique for the creation of intraoperative tools with which the process from computed tomography (CT) images to 3D-printed tools in trauma surgery can safely be administered. For segmentation of CT images a range of different software options is available. The standard triangulation file created in this way (file ending: .stl) must subsequently be post-processed. By the use of the digital casts from bone and fractures in computer-aided design (CAD) programs implants and patient individual tools are created, which can range from ortheses to protheses to intraoperative saw guides.