PRE-OPERATIVE SURGICAL PLANNING
DICOM data from CT scan can be processed by specific softwares in order to produce a tri-dimensional model through 3D printing technologies.
Thanks to this kind of pre-operative surgical planning (PSP), it is possible for surgeons to achieve some important goals.
3D PSP allows surgeons to study and/or test surgical approaches, and to plan a new/non-standard surgical approach. The 3D model allows surgeons to pre-bend plates or prepare other surgical supports before the operation. Visualizing the surgical field with a concrete 3D model reduces time and risks not only during non-standard surgeries but also during standard procedures.