Rapid protyping technology in medicine--basics and applications.

  title={Rapid protyping technology in medicine--basics and applications.},
  author={R. Petzold and Hans Florian Zeilhofer and Willi A. Kalender},
  journal={Computerized medical imaging and graphics : the official journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society},
  volume={23 5},
Using medical models built with Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies represents a new approach for surgical planning and simulation. These techniques allow one to reproduce anatomical objects as 3D physical models, which give the surgeon a realistic impression of complex structures before a surgical intervention. The shift from the visual to the visual-tactile representation of anatomical objects introduces a new kind of interaction called 'touch to comprehend'. As can be seen, from the… CONTINUE READING