Digital anthropometry in reconstructive breast surgery
The objective symmetry evaluation of the breast within the framework of reconstructive breast surgery is often carried out using anthropomorphic measurements. In everyday clinical practice, these are usually taken manually using a measuring tape directly on the patient. The necessary measuring points (so-called landmarks) are typically determined by palpation.
This method is easy to use; however, the measured values obtained are subject to measurement errors and are difficult to reproduce. The determination of the landmarks is subjective and depends on the experience of the investigator. Last but not least, this method is time-consuming and very uncomfortable for the patient.
With the help of a 3D scan of the breast, anthropomorphic measurements are to be automated in the future and collected completely digitally. The aim of this project is therefore especially the automatic detection of landmarks using a 3D model. Furthermore, new methods for objective symmetry evaluation are to be developed and evaluated in the clinical environment.
- Clinic for Plastic and Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery of the St. Josef Hospital
- Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Lukas Prantl
- Dr. med. Vanessa Brebant
- Robin Hartmann
- Prof. Dr. Christoph Palm
- Maximilian Weiherer
The Digital Plastic Surgery (DPS) Research Group was founded as part of the project.