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Image-guided navigation in oral and maxillofacial surgery

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A D Nijmeh, N M Goodger, D Hawkes, P J Edwards, M McGurk

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294 - 302
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

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Image-guided surgery is the Logical extension of imaging as it integrates previously acquired radiological or nuclear medicine images with the operative field. In conventional image-guided surgery, a surgeon uses a surgical instrument or a pointer to establish correspondence between features in the preoperative images and the surgical scene. This is not ideal because the surgeon has to took away from the operative field to view the data. Augmented reality guidance systems offer a solution to this problem but are limited by deformation of soft tissues. Real-time intraoperative imaging offers a potential solution but is currently only experimental, The additional precision and confidence that this technology provides make it a useful toot, and recent advances in image-guided surgery offer new opportunities in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Here, we review the development, current technologies, and applications of image-guided surgery and illustrate them with two case reports. (c) 2004 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

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