3-D Imaging Allows Better Surgical Planning

Nolan S. Karp, MD Associate Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery NYU Langone

Dr. Nolan S. Karp

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Nolan S. Karp, MD 
Associate Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
NYU Langone

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

DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001221
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 

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