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Feichtinger, M; Schultes, G; Karcher, H.
The use of a 3D navigation system in the treatment of mandibular angle fractures by minimally invasive insertion of Herbert screws for osteosynthesis.
Comput Aided Surg. 2008; 13(1):47-54 Doi: 10.3109/10929080701882572
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Führende Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Feichtinger Matthias
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Kärcher Hans
Schultes Günter

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Objective: We present a phantom study evaluating the use of a three-dimensional navigation system in the treatment of mandibular angle fractures with traction screw osteosynthesis. The insertion of the so-called "Herbert bone screw" was tested on phantom models of the mandible. Materials and Methods: A total of ten synthetic models of the lower jaw were prepared with navigational markers. After inducing artificial fractures in the mandibular angle region, axial CT scans of the models with 1.5-mm slice thickness were performed. The CT data was then transferred to the workstation of the navigation system (STN-Zeiss Navigation System, Aalen, Germany). The access to the fracture and the drilling depth were planned preoperatively on the computer monitor using the software. After calibration of the drill wire, the carmulated traction screws were inserted under three-dimensionally directed computer navigation. Results: The inferior alveolar nerve of the model was spared in all ten cases. Cortical perforation occurred twice in the ascending lower jaw branch, but secure anchorage of the screw was still possible in every case. Conclusion: The navigation system is a helpful visualization tool that can prevent damage to the inferior alveolar nerve and enable secure anchoring of the traction screw centrally in the cortical bone without causing perforation. This computer guided insertion method enables stable fixation of the fracture via minimally invasive surgery. Positioning of a traction screw with additional tools belonging to the screw system (drill wire) is demonstrated.
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Bone Screws -
Computer Simulation -
Fracture Fixation, Internal - instrumentation Fracture Fixation, Internal - methods
Fractures, Bone - diagnosis Fractures, Bone - surgery
Humans -
Imaging, Three-Dimensional - instrumentation
Mandible - pathology
Mandibular Injuries - diagnosis Mandibular Injuries - surgery
Models, Biological -
Pilot Projects -
Preoperative Care -
Software -
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive -

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Herbert bone screw
image guided navigation
mandibular fracture
minimally invasive surgery
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