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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 573249, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/573249
Research Article

A Methodological Evaluation of Volumetric Measurement Techniques including Three-Dimensional Imaging in Breast Surgery

1Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, CHU de Liège, Domaine Universitaire du Sart Tilman, B. 35, 4000 Liège, Belgium
2Institute of Human Anatomy, University of Liège, Domaine Universitaire du Sart Tilman, B. 35, 4000 Liège, Belgium

Received 9 October 2013; Accepted 5 December 2013; Published 8 January 2014

Academic Editor: Claudine Piérard-Franchimont

Copyright © 2014 H. Hoeffelin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Breast surgery currently remains very subjective and each intervention depends on the ability and experience of the operator. To date, no objective measurement of this anatomical region can codify surgery. In this light, we wanted to compare and validate a new technique for 3D scanning (LifeViz 3D) and its clinical application. We tested the use of the 3D LifeViz system (Quantificare) to perform volumetric calculations in various settings (in situ in cadaveric dissection, of control prostheses, and in clinical patients) and we compared this system to other techniques (CT scanning and Archimedes’ principle) under the same conditions. We were able to identify the benefits (feasibility, safety, portability, and low patient stress) and limitations (underestimation of the in situ volume, subjectivity of contouring, and patient selection) of the LifeViz 3D system, concluding that the results are comparable with other measurement techniques. The prospects of this technology seem promising in numerous applications in clinical practice to limit the subjectivity of breast surgery.