‘Before-and-after’ tool to help surgeons avoid ‘cosmetic surgery surprises’By ANI
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
WASHINGTON - A Tel Aviv University researcher has developed a three-dimensional ‘before and after’ tool for cosmetic surgeons avoid any unpleasant surprises post surgery.
Dr. Alex Bronstein tackled a very difficult mathematical problem in computer modelling called predicting “deformations” of non-rigid objects to build a tool that can generate an anatomically accurate after-surgery image.
“Our program is more like a virtual mirror. It gives surgeons and their patients a way to see a 3D before-and-after image as though the patient has really undergone the operation,” said Bronstein.
Bronstein designed the program with the help of numerous pre- and post-surgery images fed into a computer to “teach” it to more accurately generate post-surgery images.
Now under commercial development, the software will not only show women and men a much more accurate outcome, but also help surgeons achieve more favourable results for their clientele, the researchers said.
Bronstein predicted that similar tools will become even more accessible, affordable and powerful in the coming years as consumer 3D video cameras become more widespread. (ANI)