3D virtual planning in surgery
One of the challenges in surgery is to predict the outcome of a treatment. Before the introduction of 3D technology, a surgeon was not able to compare the outcome of an operation to a preoperative plan. Nowadays, 3D technology allows us to make a 3D preoperative plan and to design tools like 3D printed surgical cutting guides and patient-specific plates to support the operation. After the intervention, we compare the outcome of the operation and quantify the accuracy of the procedures used. The aim is to make operations less surgeon-dependent and promote the adage ‘plan your operation and operate your plan’.
Fast track development of personalized implants
The philosophy of the 3D lab is to allow implants to be designed and produced so that certain clinical challenges can be met. To achieve this, a quick supply of 3D printed surgical cutting guides and patient-specific implants is needed. We are working with companies that are able to quickly produce and deliver (i.e. within a few days). As a result, 3D technology has become available for complex acute trauma care.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)
At the 3D lab, experimental work is carried out using state-of-the-art technology for processing data and visualization. We use deep learning strategies to improve and step up our processes and data-driven decision-making in daily clinical practice. To provide clinicians with the desired information, we use augmented reality technology combined with surgical navigation devices. In selected cases, patient education is supported with AR to provide insight into certain aspects of their treatment.