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    Orbital surgery aided by 3-D printing

    Computerized preoperative planning, intraoperative models can increase precision of fracture repair


    “It helps us to know ahead of time by moving the pieces virtually what will be missing or how the bones will fit together,” he said.

    Moving actual bone fragments during surgery is difficult because they are connected to muscles and arteries.

    More: AD-IOLs mimic movement of natural lens

    Typically, the engineer will call back the next day with images of guides for approval. Dr. Langer sometimes asks for more adjustments, such as space for more screws. When Dr. Langer has approved the guides, the company prints them out in polyamide.

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