I have been watching and waiting until the software technology, the hardware, and the costs of owning a 3-D computerized surgical simulation tool became available. The latest hardware/ software combo in the Vectra line from Canfield does that and more. The main use for this equipment is to accurately predict the size and shape of the breast after a breast augmentation. Using this for this only is a CRIME! Don't get me wrong, this is a great use for this since it educates the patient and lets them help make their own decision. I am exited because it can measure volume changes from the preop and postop photos taken so we can actually confirm the volume changes not only after breast augmentation but also after fat grafting to face, breast, and buttocks. We can use this tool improve our surgical results by finding out what works, how much, and in whom. Very exited about this becoming a part of my practice.
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