Korean J Spine.  2017 Dec;14(4):170-174. 10.14245/kjs.2017.14.4.170.

Virtual Preoperative Simulation for Excision of Spinal Tumors: Surgeon Processing of Medical Computer-Assisted Design Software

  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea. farlateral@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, Dong-Eui Medical Center, Busan, Korea.
  • 3Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.


As medical computer-aided design (CAD) has improved, virtual 3-dimensional medical images have been gaining more easily without any special practice. These images can be applied to various clinical fields. This article illustrates virtual preoperative simulation for excision of spinal tumors using medical CAD software. The software was used directly by the surgeon. The process of virtual preoperative simulation for spinal tumor surgery was found to be not inordinately complicated. And, virtual simulation was helpful in determining surgical steps as well as understanding the surgical anatomy.


Three-dimensional imaging; Planning technique; Spinal cord neoplasms; Computer-aided design

MeSH Terms

Computer-Aided Design*
Imaging, Three-Dimensional
Planning Techniques
Spinal Cord Neoplasms
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