Kathi Kant

Closing the Cleft – A Learning and Planning Tool for Future Cleft Surgeons

How might an interactive 3D model be designed in order to offer various functions and to fulfil the visual needs of future surgeons?


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The use of 3D visualisation in the ­everyday life of surgeons is ubiquitous. Interactive and mobile media determine the procu­rement of information in this area. However, there are no adequate learning media at the current state of ­technology. “Closing the Cleft” is an interactive 3D model for future professionals in cranio-maxillofacial surgery. This tool helps them to train the planning of cleft-lip and palate-closing surgery. They can practice deliberations based on actual patient data, and compare their results on a web platform. With this device, surgeons can prepare themselves for these rare surgeries. The design transfers contents of sur­gical teaching into mobile media, and thus fills a gap in the scientific flow of information.

Joe Rohrer, Fabienne Boldt, Katja Schwenzer-Zimmerer, Björn Franke