1. Sending the CT or CBCT scan data
The scan data can be sent in the conventional DICOM format. It is sensible to upload the data to a cloud service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) for faster and easier data processing.
You can also send the data on a CD/DVD via the postal service.
The slice thickness of the CT scan should be as low as possible, and ideally lower than 1 mm. If this is not possible or if the scan has already been completed, an individual decision can be made on whether the scan quality is sufficient.
Both individual sectional scanning as well as spiral (helical) scans are suitable.
When planning CBCT scans, you should keep in mind that the “area of interest” should not be located too far away from the scanning center, as this might result in an increased risk of distortions.
MRT scans can also be used; however, a suitable function to create a high-resolution 3D reconstruction is a prerequisite. Suitable scanning modes include “Black-bone” and “3D-MRI”. Here too, the suitability of a certain MRT scan can be determined in advance.
2. Design creation
Voxelmed® first creates an initial design; afterwards, this initial design is developed into a final implant design in ongoing consultation with the surgeon. This usually takes place via telephone.
3. 3D printing of the implant and shipping
After the design is tailored to the expectations of the surgeon, a 3D titanium print is produced, unless requested otherwise. Afterwards, the finished implant is cleaned professionally and then shipped to the treating practice or clinic.