MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Nolan S. Karp, MD
Associate Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
Medical Research: What is the background for Three-dimensional imaging?
Dr. Karp: This was really developed for industry in product engineering. We and others applied this to medicine.
Medical Research: What kind of technology is required?
Dr. Karp: This is a fancy picture. We obtain a 3D surface scan of the person or an object, which corresponds to a digital data set.
Medical Research: How does Three-dimensional imaging help the physician and patient plan for better surgical outcomes?
Dr. Karp: It lets you simulate the surgery. For the surgeon, we can plan the surgery better. For the patient, they can see the expected outcome better, before surgery.
Medical Research: What types of surgery may employ this imaging?
Dr. Karp: Pretty much any plastic surgical procedure. We have used this technology for the breast, but it can be used for the face or body as well.
Medical Research: What further research do you suggest or are you planning in this field?
Dr. Karp: We continue to improve the hardware and the software and make the technology better and more accurate. There is pretty much no limit to the use of this technology.
Three-Dimensional Surface Imaging in Plastic Surgery: Foundation, Practical Applications, and Beyond
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery May 2015
Received for publication June 26, 2014; accepted August 26, 2014.
Nolan S. Karp, MD (2015). 3-D Imaging Allows Better Surgical Planning