20 Oct 2010   |   News   |   Network update from Politecnico di Milano
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Politecnico di Milano: 3D laser system for assessment of outcome in breast reconstructive surgery


In breast reconstructive surgery, assessment of the surgical outcome is usually made through the manual measurement of distances between different body landmarks, sometimes coupled with few non-calibrated pictures of the patient as a visual reference.

Three-dimensional laser scanners offer a new and non-invasive method for making a rigorous quantitative assessment of breast morphology, making it possible to measure a patient’s thorax/breast surface with submillimetre precision.

Researchers at the Politecnico di Milano have developed a new system and method for breast morphology assessment in plastic and reconstructive surgery. The system, which uses handheld laser scanning, makes active compensation for breathing motion and involuntary movements, providing a precise and complete assessment.

The researchers are Paolo Patete, Guido Baroni and Marco Riboldi, and a patent is available.

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