N.T.S.™ jr (Normocephalic Templating System: 11-Month-Old Infant Cranium)

Restoring normal cranial form to an infant undergoing surgery for craniosynostosis or another syndromal condition is often very difficult, even in the hands of an experienced surgeon. Existing templating tools for restoring the frontal bone are cumbersome, and, in many surgeons' hands, have limited utility. A scientifically normative model of an 11-month-old cranium was developed to assist in templating for surgeries involving the infant cranial vault. The normative dataset was developed by researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) after averaging more than 100 infant CT scans.1 The result is a normative model clinically useful for vault reconstruction cases for infants 8 to 12 months of age.2 The digital skull was then transformed into a physical, titanium alloy model using the Electron Beam Melting (EBM) additive manufacturing technique. N.T.S.™ jr is available exclusively through 3D Systems.

1Saber N, Phillips J, Looi T, Usmani Z, Burge J, Drake J, Kim P: Generation of normative pediatric skull models for use in cranial vault remodeling procedures. Childs Nerv Syst 28: 405-410, 2012
2Burge J, Saber N, Looi T, French B, Usmani Z, Anooshiravani N, Kim P, Forrest C, Phillips J: Application of CAD/CAM prefabricated age-matched templates in cranio-orbital remodeling in craniosynostosis. J Craniofac Surg 22: 1810-1813, 2011

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