Many therapeutic, as well as diagnostic, procedures require the identification of a region of the patient anatomy for targeting. Such procedures may include a biopsy, placement of a shunt catheter, craniotomies, selection of a region for diagnostic imaging, or selection of a path for safe and effective placement of medical hardware (screws, pins, etc). Current methods in planning either a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure are largely dependent on the individual clinician’s experience and expertise. University of Florida researchers have developed a new method for rapidly fabricating custom, patient specific devices used to accurately plan and perform these delicate medical procedures.
ApplicationsInstrumentation for guiding patient-specific medical procedures
Does not require guidance computers or tracking devices during the procedure
- Saves the clinician valuable time by eliminating intra operative registration procedures
- Provides customized solutions for each new patient, thereby increasing the effectiveness of each procedure
- Stores and recalls past successful approaches, reducing the reliance on an individual clinician’s expertise