Indexed on: 07 Jan '17Published on: 07 Jan '17Published in: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine
Cervical transarticular fixation is a technically demanding procedure. This study aimed to develop a safer and more accurate method for C1/2 pedicle screw placement using a three-dimensional printed drilling guide. A total of 20 patients with C1/2 fractures and dislocations were recruited, and their computed tomography scans were evaluated. Under the assistance of the three-dimensional printed drilling guide, bilateral C1/2 pedicle screws were successfully placed in the three-dimensional C1/2 models. Then, sagittal and axial computed tomography scans were obtained, and the accuracy and safety of screw placement were evaluated based on X-Y-Z axis setup. The average depths for C1 and C2 pedicle screws were 30.1 ± 1.12 and 31.81 ± 0.85 mm on the left side and 29.54 ± 1.01 and 31.35 ± 0.27 mm on the right side, respectively. The average dimensional parameters for C1/C2 pedicle screw of both sides were measured and analyzed, which showed no statistically significant differences in the ideal and the actual entry points, inclined angles, and tailed angles. The method of developing a three-dimensional printed drilling guide is an easy and safe technique. This novel technique is applicable for C1/2 pedicle screw fixation; the potential use of the three-dimensional printed guide to place C1/2 pedicle screw is promising.