Computer-aided methods in bespoke breast prosthesis design and fabrication
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This case study presents a method of utilizing computer-aided design technologies to provide bespoke, external breast prostheses. The technique is illustrated through a case study of a mastectomy patient. Photogrammetry methods were used to capture the breast form when supported by a brassiere and the unsupported breast and defect side. Computer-aided design techniques were used to generate a digital prosthesis based upon the supported breast shape and with a fitting surface that matched the defect side. Furthermore, a two-part mould was designed and fabricated using rapid prototyping methods. A colour-matched prosthesis was then fabricated in a gel-based, platinum-cured silicone.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Eggbeer D, Evans P. (2011) 'Computer-aided methods in bespoke breast prosthesis design and fabrication', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 225 (1), pp.94-99
This article was published in the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/09544119JEIM755
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