The Medical Modeling Research Laboratory (MMRL) at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) in Edmonton, Canada is a hospital based lab that houses advanced digital technologies used in the specialty of surgical design and simulation in head and neck reconstruction and rehabilitation. The lab uses numerous computer aided design (CAD) software programs and additive manufacturing technologies to design and produce patient specific surgical guides. These surgical guides have transformed the way in which patients are currently receiving treatment, have increased the efficiency and accuracy of surgeries and have improved patient outcomes. The presentation will describe the current technology and workflow used to create the guides and will display a patient case as an example.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to summarize the surgical design and simulation digital workflow to design patient specific surgical guides in head and neck oncology reconstruction.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to describe the additive manufacturing technologies used to produce patient specific surgical guides for head and neck oncology reconstruction.
- Upon completion, participant will potentially be able to extrapolate the design process to other surgical areas.