Plan to procedure: Combining 3D templating with rapid prototyping to enhance pedicle screw placement

Kurt E. Augustine, Anthony A. Stans, Jonathan M. Morris, Paul M. Huddleston, Jane M. Matsumoto, David R. Holmes, Richard A. Robb

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2 Scopus citations


Spinal fusion procedures involving the implantation of pedicle screws have steadily increased over the past decade because of demonstrated improvement in biomechanical stability of the spine. However, current methods of spinal fusion carries a risk of serious vascular, visceral, and neurological injury caused by inaccurate placement or inappropriately sized instrumentation, which may lead to patient paralysis or even fatality. 3D spine templating software developed by the Biomedical Imaging Resource (BIR) at Mayo Clinic allows the surgeon to virtually place pedicle screws using pre-operative 3D CT image data. With the template plan incorporated, a patient-specific 3D anatomic model is produced using a commercial rapid prototyping system. The pre-surgical plan and the patient-specific model then are used in the procedure room to provide real-time visualization and quantitative guidance for accurate placement of each pedicle screw, significantly reducing risk of injury. A pilot study was conducted at Mayo Clinic by the Department of Radiology, the Department of Orthopedics, and the BIR, involving seven complicated pediatric spine cases. In each case, pre-operative 3D templating was carried out and patient specific models were generated. The plans and the models were used intra-operatively, providing precise pedicle screw starting points and trajectories. Postoperative assessment by the surgeon confirmed all seven operations were successful. Results from the study suggest that patient-specific, 3D anatomic models successfully acquired from 3D templating tools are valuable for planning and conducting pedicle screw insertion procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2010
Subtitle of host publicationVisualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling
EditorsKenneth H. Wong, Michael I. Miga
ISBN (Electronic)9780819480262
StatePublished - 2010
EventMedical Imaging 2010: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling - San Diego, United States
Duration: Feb 14 2010Feb 16 2010

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2010: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • 3D modelling
  • Orthopedic procedure
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Spine surgery
  • Surgery planning
  • Templating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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