Experimental methodology for digital breast shape analysis and objective surgical outcome evaluation

G. Catanuto, A. Spano, A. Pennati, E. Riggio, G. M. Farinella, G. Impoco, S. Spoto, G. Gallo, M. B. Nava

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Abstract

Outcome evaluation in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast is commonly performed visually or employing bi-dimensional photography. The reconstructive process in the era of anatomical implants requires excellent survey capabilities that mainly rely on surgeon experience. In this paper we present a set of parameters to unambiguously estimate the shape of natural and reconstructed breast. A digital laser scanner was employed on seven female volunteers. A graphic depiction of curvature of the thoracic surface has been the most interesting result. Further work is required to provide clinical and instrumental validation to our technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Breast curvature
  • Breast reconstructive surgery outcome
  • Breast shape analysis
  • Breast symmetry
  • Breast volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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