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Utility of Digital Surgical Simulation Planning and Solid Free Form Modeling in Fibula Free Flap Mandibular Reconstruction Open Access


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Medical Models
Digital Surgical Simulation
Convergent Interview
Surgical Design and Simulation
Mandibular Reconstruction
Rapid Prototyping
Fibula Free Flap
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Logan, Heather Anne
Supervisor and department
Wolfaardt, Johan (Medicine and Dentistry)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Pierre Boulanger (Computer Science)
Dr. Bill Hodgetts (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Dr. Hadi Seikaly (Medicine and Dentistry)
Dr. Jana Rieger (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

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Master of Science
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The purpose of the present study was to contribute to the growing body of knowledge and technical understanding of surgical design and simulation in fibula free flap mandibular reconstruction (FFFMR). The current study provided three key findings. (1) There was no statistically significant difference amongst the three CBCT machine warming times. There was, however, a statistically significant difference between Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning with 1mm slice thickness and CBCT scanning with 0.2mm slice thickness. (2) The convergent interview was an effective technique in collecting information about the perception of clinicians on the utility of virtual surgical planning and medical models in FFFMR. (3) Superimposed images produced in CAD software tools were helpful and effective in comparing pre and post-surgical outcomes, although there were a number of limitations in the programs. The exploratory benchtop study revealed that virtual surgical planning appeared to improve surgical performance and enhance consistency in accuracy.
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