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With Sectra’s 3D solutions for trauma cases it is easy to visualize trauma structure and diagnose a fracture without first opening the patient. With tools such as the advanced bone segmentation, the surgeon can study a joint surface or hidden objects, such as the acetabulum in a pelvic fracture, and decide on a treatment plan before going into surgery. This minimizes the risk of surprises and stress during surgery, and consequently shortens the time spent in the operating room.
Sectra’s offering now also includes a 3D pelvic trauma planning module, which enables surgeons to save valuable time. The module includes the fluoroscopy and transparency viewing tools, template contouring tools for pre-bending plates, and new clip plane functionality. Watch a preview of Sectra’s 3D trauma pelvic tool here.
Sectra’s pre-op planning solutions are provided as a PACS-independent web-accessible service, or as a completely integrated add-on to Sectra PACS. For full flexibility, you can access the system from any computer in the hospital network and even from home.
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The bone segmentation tool allows users to mark bone fragments and choose whether they remain on screen, are hidden from view, or are marked for repositioning. Each fragment becomes color-coded for easy visualization. After marking a bone fragment, the system automatically creates a new color. Fracture segmentation possibilities are infinite.
Using the explode function to gain a quick overview of the fractured area, the system can give a cutaway view by moving all the marked bone fragments away from the center of the fracture. This helps to confirm that no fragments have been left behind, and that no other structures will potentially interfere with implants.
When bone segmentation is complete, the marked fragments can be repositioned manually using the mouse or a touchscreen interface. Bone alignment can also be done automatically by simply choosing landmarks for the software to identify.
Template placement can be done in 3D space. Major manufacturer and generic templates include screws, nails, plates and a full library of other components. This ensures that you have the most suitable implants available during surgery.
The mirror bone function can be used as a support tool when reducing fractures or analyzing malalignment. The split bone feature is useful when planning a surgical correction of an impacted fracture, but it can also be used for preoperative planning of osteotomies.
Bone fragments can be saved and exported as STL and OBJ files. These files can be used in 3D printing, allowing for further surgical planning and educational use.
The contouring templates function can be used to plan appropriate plate shape, size, length and screw placement for pelvic surgery. This function further allows the user to add screws and holes if needed. Once complete, the newly contoured plate (on-screen or in 3D printed format) may be used as a guide to pre-bend implants before entering the operating room. This can ultimately save time and increase patient safety.