Improving surgical outcomes for children and cancer patients
A child born with severe facial deformities. A woman who has undergone a radical mastectomy. Imagine the anxiety and confusion they feel at the prospect of surgery. The child wants to feel normal. The woman wants to feel whole. But, confronted with a dizzying amount of information, they struggle to decide what procedure is right for them.
That’s where researchers from The University of Texas at Austin come in. An interdisciplinary group of researchers, including biomedical and aerospace engineering faculty members and students, are working with doctors and patients at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Using cutting-edge 3-D surface imaging technology, researchers are guiding patients through a more personalized process of determining the type of surgery to choose and what the outcome will be. The technology allows doctors to give patients more individualized care and, researchers hope, a better surgical outcome.