Three-dimensional (3D) photopolymerization in the stereolitography.
Part III. Medical applications of laser-induced photopolymerization and 3D stereolithography
Polimery 2001, No 4, 227
A review with 40 references covering laser-induced photopolymerization in microsurgery, e.g., in vivo repair of an injured knee (Fig. 1) and in vivo repair or reinforcement of tendon ligaments (Fig. 2); applications of 3D CAD-CAM in surgery to produce high-resolutlon images of internal body parts via computer-assisted tomography and magnetic resonance imaging interfaced with rapid prototyping and manufacturing systems and stereolithographic equipment (Figs. 3-5); and design and manufacturing of orthopaedic implants [involving 3D CAD-CAM systems (Figs. 7, 8)]. The applications of photopolymerized resin composites as implants pose severe biological problems and require more intensive studies to achieve a significant progress.
Keywords: three-dimensional photopolymerization in stereolithography, laser-induced photopolymerization and 3D stereolithography applications in microsurgery