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News from the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago
Date:11/28/2011

he goal of reconstructive face transplant surgery is to restore form and function to the face in cases of devastating injury. Imaging exams—such as MRI, CT and tractography—help in patient selection, surgical planning and post-op assessment, while 3-D modeling offers critical insight into relationships between facial structures. The technique allows customization to the patient's anatomy, so that the donor tissue fits precisely like a puzzle piece on the recipient's face.

Researchers Use CT to Recreate Stradivarius Violin

A Minnesota radiologist and two violin makers used computed tomography (CT) to aid in the reproduction of a 1704 Betts Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars. The process will allow modern musicians access to reproductions of the world's most prized violins. The team converted more than 1,000 CT images into stereolithographic files. A computer-controlled router called a CNC machine read the files and carved the replica violin. CT was useful in measuring the wood density, size, shape, thickness and volume of the original violin, as well as identifying damage and previous repairs. Antonio Stradivari is regarded as history's greatest violin maker. Only 650 Stradivarius violins are known to exist.

Tuesday RSNA news conferences focus on growth hormone treatment in obese women, brain injuries in soccer players, surprising breast cancer findings in women in their 40s, a virtual childbirth simulator and a network to give patients control over their medical imaging records.


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