3-D printout of a DICOM file to aid surgical planning in a 6 year old patient with a large scapular osteochondroma complicating congenital diaphyseal aclasia

Matthew Tam, Stephen Laycock, Duncan Bell, Adrian Chojnowski

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A 6 year old girl presented with a large osteochondroma arising from the scapula. Radiographs, CT and MRI were performed to assess the lesion and to determine whether the lesion could be safely resected. A model of the scapula was created by post-processing the DICOM file and using a 3-D printer. The CT images were segmented and the images were then manually edited using a graphics tablet, and then an STL-file was generated and a 3-D plaster model printed. The model allowed better anatomical understanding of the lesion and helped plan surgical management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radiology Case Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • 3D printing
  • surgical planning
  • model
  • anatomy
  • image processing
  • segmentation
  • 3D modelling
  • scapular osteochondroma
  • diaphyseal aclasia
  • rapid prototyping

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