Werner, Heron, Lopes, Jorge, Tonni, Gabriele, and Araujo Junior, Edward
Child's Nervous System. April 2015, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p511, 3 p.
Myelomeningocele -- Diagnosis, Myelomeningocele -- Risk factors, Myelomeningocele -- Care and treatment, Arnold-Chiari deformity -- Diagnosis, Arnold-Chiari deformity -- Care and treatment, Arnold-Chiari deformity -- Research, Magnetic resonance imaging -- Usage, and Magnetic resonance imaging -- Health aspects
aRapid prototyping is becoming a fast-growing and valuable technique for physical models in case of congenital anomalies. Manufacturing models are generally built from three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound, computed tomography, and fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan data. Physical prototype has demonstrated to be clinically of value in case of complex fetal malformations and may improve antenatal management especially in cases of craniosynostosis, orofacial clefts, and giant epignathus. In addition, it may enhance parental bonding in visually impaired parents and have didactic value in teaching program. Hereby, the first 3D physical model from 3D ultrasound and MRI scan data reconstruction of lumbosacral myelomeningocele in a third trimester fetus affected by Chiari II malformation is reported.