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Importance of Three-Dimensional Modeling in Cranioplasty

Aydin, Hasan Emre MD, PhD*,†; Kaya, Ismail MD*; Aydin, Nevin MD; Kizmazoglu, Ceren MD§; Karakoc, Feridun PhD||; Yurt, Hidayet||; Hüsemoglu, Resit Bugra MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 713–715
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005121
Original Articles

Cranioplasty is a reconstruction operation made to protect intracranial structures. It is applied for the closure of bone defects occurring due to causes such as trauma, tumor, infection, and infarct. Many different products changing from autologous bone grafts to synthetic materials are used for cranioplasty. Three-dimensional printers that are among the popular innovations of today are used gradually more in medical area as in every field of life and they make the surgical operation easier. When customizable materials are combined with technology, the authors come across successful results and less complications. The aim of the authors’ study was to show a 3-dimensional modeling method in 2 patients the authors applied cranioplasty and the advantages provided by this method for the surgeon and the patient.

*Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, Dumlupinar University, Kutahya

Department of Pharmacology, Medical Faculty, Osmangazi University, Eskisehir

Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Dumlupinar University, Kutahya

§Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir

||Department of Machine Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Dumlupinar University, Kutahya

Department of Biomechanics, Health Science Institute, Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ismail Kaya, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, Dumlupinar University, Kutahya, Turkey 43040; E-mail:

Received 19 December, 2017

Accepted 26 September, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.