Surgery sometimes can yield surprises for physicians as they operate on the human body. Now, three-dimensional modeling can take away some of that guesswork.

In fact, for many physicians, there’s little that can replace the ability to hold and manipulate an accurate model of the exact area of a patient’s body that will be operated upon.

At Mount Sinai Health System in New York, that capability can be offered to its physicians, through a specialized department called the Medical Modeling Core, a collaboration led by the Department of Neurosurgery.

The new effort serves Mount Sinai physicians who can get fast turnarounds of as little as 24 hours to receive accurate models of body structures. The Medical Modeling Core can fast-track model delivery, using radiological image data and specialized segmentation tools and computer code to expedite the process.

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