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Simpleware software was used by the team at APL to import imaging data of Roy’s skull, relevant anatomical features, and the tumor. Segmentation was then carried out to obtain regions of interest, with the resulting model sent to a Stratasys J5 MediJet printer to create a 3D anatomical model. With this model, the team could better visualize the pathway to the tumor, which was highlighted in pink. The eventual surgery involved making a skin incision behind the hairline to open a portion of the skull, before removing a small section of the cheek so that the surgeons could view the tumor directly from above.
As well as the 3D print, the data was also imported to the Augmented Reality (AR) tool DICOM Director Intravision XR to view the model using a Microsoft HoloLens 2. With this technology, Roy and his family could virtually interact with the model to improve their understanding of the surgery. Risks and benefits could therefore be communicated in a more dynamic way than traditional methods of explaining a surgery. In addition, AR helps surgeons and students to explore 3D image data, with options to select different regions of interest.