Interactive reconstructions of cranial 3D implants under MeVisLab as an alternative to commercial planning software

Jan Egger, Markus Gall, Alois Tax, Muammer Ücal, Ulrike Zefferer, Xing Li, Gord von Campe, Ute Schäfer, Dieter Schmalstieg, Xiaojun Chen

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In this publication, the interactive planning and reconstruction of cranial 3D Implants under the medical prototyping platform MeVisLab as alternative to commercial planning software is introduced. In doing so, a MeVisLab prototype consisting of a customized data-flow network and an own C++ module was set up. As a result, the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software prototype guides a user through the whole workflow to generate an implant. Therefore, the workflow begins with loading and mirroring the patients head for an initial curvature of the implant. Then, the user can perform an additional Laplacian smoothing, followed by a Delaunay triangulation. The result is an aesthetic looking and well-fitting 3D implant, which can be stored in a CAD file format, e.g. STereoLithography (STL), for 3D printing. The 3D printed implant can finally be used for an in-depth pre-surgical evaluation or even as a real implant for the patient. In a nutshell, our research and development shows that a customized MeVisLab software prototype can be used as an alternative to complex commercial planning software, which may also not be available in every clinic. Finally, not to conform ourselves directly to available commercial software and look for other options that might improve the workflow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0172694
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Skull
  • Software
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted
  • Workflow
  • Journal Article


  • BioTechMed-Graz


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