3D Head Replicas are Making Face Transplants Easier

By Gary Cutlack on at

Detailed 3D replicas of the faces of potential transplant recipients are being created to guide surgeons around the topography of the skull, creating better outcomes for those in need of a new collection of features.

"Typically, by the time they come to us, they've had 20 or 30 surgeries already, just to save their lives," imaging science doctor Dr. Frank Rybicki told LiveScience, meaning their skulls are likely to be full of bolts, plates and grafts, making the transplant process all the more tricky.

An accurate 3D map of the soft tissue of the face is one tools used to make the lives of patients better. [Live Science]