Summary: Surgical Treatment of Craniosynostosis based on a
Statistical 3D-Shape Model: First Clinical Application
, S. Zachowa
, H.-C. Hegea
, M. Zöcklerb
, H. Haberlb
Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
University Hospital Berlin, Charité, Germany
Abstract. Surgical intervention in cases of craniosynostosis often lacks objective
criteria for the reshaping process of the skull. The application of a statistical 3D-shape
model of the upper skull may provide an objective, yet patient-specific guidance for the
remodelling. To this end, a statistical 3D-shape model of the upper skull is generated
from a set of 21 MRI data sets of healthy infants. Usually, no pre-operative MRI scan is
available for the infant patients, hence the matching of the model towards the
pathological skull of the patient is performed on the basis of anthropometric distances.
Results from the first clinical use of the proposed technique are presented.