Computer-Generated Three-Dimensional Airway Models as a Decision-Support Tool for Preoperative Evaluation and Procedure-Planning in Pediatric Anesthesiology

Benjamin Kloesel, Bethany Juhnke, Laura Irvine, James V. Donadio, Arthur Erdman, Kumar Belani

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Abstract

Technology improvements have rapidly advanced medicine over the last few decades. New approaches are constantly being developed and utilized. Anesthesiology strongly relies on technology for resuscitation, life-support, monitoring, safety, clinical care, and education. This manuscript describes a reverse engineering process to confirm the fit of a medical device in a pediatric patient. The method uses virtual reality and three-dimensional printing technologies to evaluate the feasibility of a complex procedure requiring one-lung isolation and one-lung ventilation. Based on the results of the device fit analysis, the anesthesiology team confidently proceeded with the operation. The approach used and described serves as an example of the advantages available when coupling new technologies to visualize patient anatomy during the procedural planning process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number21
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Airway management
  • Device fit analysis
  • Medical device
  • Pediatric anesthesiology
  • Three-dimensional airway model

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