Imaging and computer power have provided foundations for computerized data visualization and tools for preprocedural planning. While these are very useful on their own, they do not provide physicians with tactile interaction or the tools for true surgical rehearsal and 3D understanding. In addition, implementing treatment parameters that have been designed in a virtual environment is often difficult. ADM techniques have developed rapidly and provide means for fabrication of solid replicas of anatomy as revealed by medical image data. In addition there are several examples of the successful use of modern manufacturing techniques to facilitate the delivery of complex treatment plans. These techniques can be very helpful in bridging the gaps in current digital planning and treatment delivery techniques and promise to have an increasing role in medicine in the decades to come.
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