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In This Issue of JAMA Otolaryngology
July 2018


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(7):551. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1961

Nasal prosthetics are conventionally created by anaplastologists or maxillofacial prosthodontists. Shikara et al conducted a pilot study to test the ability of a novel computer algorithm to create 3-dimensional nasal prosthetics. The similarity between photographs of 5 volunteers and their algorithm-generated nasal prosthetics was assessed through a survey of 36 respondents. The mean score for overall similarity was 8.42 out of 10, and respondents were able to correctly match the prosthetic with the volunteers’ photographs in 171 of 175 photographs. They conclude that the computer algorithm has the ability to model and print anatomically accurate nasal prosthestics. Shipchandler et al provide an Invited Commentary.

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