Utilizing 3D head and neck specimen scanning for intraoperative margin discussions: Proof of concept of our novel approach

Michael P. Saturno, Margaret Brandwein-Weber, Lily Greenberg, Alex Silberzweig, Daniel Buchbinder, Eric M. Dowling, Mohemmed N. Khan, Raymond Chai, Mark L. Urken

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Abstract

Background: The current standard of documenting and communicating frozen section margin results is inefficient. We present a novel method of generating 3D digital models of gross tumor specimens to more clearly visualize histopathological margin results. Methods: Fifty-five head and neck specimens were scanned and virtually “inked” using 3D software. These 3D specimen maps were displayed in the operating room to provide the surgeon with a real-time specimen-to-defect relationship by which further resections could be guided. Results: Margin results were reported within an average of 34 min using the proposed workflow. The scanner rendered accurate models of specimens that exceeded 3.0 × 3.0 × 3.0 cm. Critical specimen features to consider were size, color, textural complexity, and the presence of discernible anatomic landmarks. Conclusions: Optical 3D scanning technology can improve the quality of head and neck margin documentation and the efficiency with which results are communicated between the pathologist and surgeon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-21
Number of pages12
JournalHead and Neck
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • 3D scanning
  • frozen section
  • head and neck cancer
  • intraoperative consultation
  • margins

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