Summer Research Internship
Project 4:The research on digital manufacturing of customized surgical templates in oral and maxillofacial surgery based on virtual reality and 3D-Printing
Release time:2017-10-12 Read the number:5144

Contact Information

Asso.Prof. Xiaojun Chen



Project Description and Objectives

Oral disease is one of the most common diseases for mankind. The treatment of oral diseases, oral and maxillofacial surgery, aims to treat the entire cranio-maxillofacial complex: the anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, skull, as well as associated structures. However, the limited intraoperative visibility, especially the anatomical intricacies, makes this type of surgery a challenging procedure. Additonally, the accuracy and stability of the operation is very difficult to guarantee. In this project, the integration of computer-assisted surgical planning, virtual reality, computer graphics and 3D-Printing, the methodology of the design and manufacturing of customized template is presented for oral and maxillofacial surgery, aiming to meet the unique demands of China’s clinical application.

Based on the relevant basic theory and innovative algorithms, a computer-assisted preoperative planning system and virtual simulation system will be realized to determine the optimal surgical path for oral and maxillofacial surgery. Subsequently, the system for digital design and manufacturing of customized templates will be presented. Through phantom experiments and clinical trials, the influence of the factors such as the geometrical contours, material properties, and processing parameters of the devices on the processing quality and clinical accuracy will be revealed. Therefore, the parameters can be optimized to demonstrate its accuracy, validity and reliability. Ultimately, an integrated platform for digital design and manufacturing of customized templates will be formed, aiming to provide innovative technical methods for the personalization, digitalization, and minimization of the invasiveness of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and greatly improve the patient’s general quality of life.


Eligibility Requirements

Interested students should be very proficient in C++ programming and have basic knowledge of medical image computing.


Main Tasks

Develop a software.

Finish a research report.

Give two research presentations (a. references review; b. technical presentation).

Submit one paper to a journal as a co-author.





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