Bottom Line: A computer algorithm and 3-D printer created prosthetic noses rated similar to those pictured in photographs, and the technology could be a low-cost option for temporary prostheses or models for reconstructive surgeons.
Why The Research Is Interesting: Having a prosthetic nose built can be expensive for patients who need nasal reconstruction.
Who and When: Five volunteers whose photos were processed by a computer algorithm to a create a nose model printed by a 3-D printer; 36 survey respondents with medical backgrounds who compared the nasal prostheses with photographs of volunteers' noses in a study conducted from August to October 2016
What (Study Measures): Similarity between 3-D printed nose models and photographs of volunteers' noses based on survey responses.
Authors: Christopher J. Rizzi, M.D., University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, and coauthors
Results: Nasal prostheses most often closely resembled photographs of human noses.
Study Limitations: Results are interesting but the applicability of the technique in clinical practice is unknown.
Related material: The commentary, "Three-Dimensional Printing of Nasal Prosthetics," by Taha Z. Shipchandler, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and coauthors is also available on the For The Media website.
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