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of people, who have encountered serious illnesses and disabilities.” Planmeca’s collaboration with HUS spans nearly a decade. “Planmeca’s role has been essential to our workforyears—wehavebeenabletoutilisecomputer simulations to create saw guides, which allow us to sawataspecificorientationandtoanexactdepth,as well as remove facial structures, which we know match the donor, at a precise angle”, said Törnwall, acknowledging the benefits of the company’s 3-D services. Both HUS and Planmeca began planning for the op- eration already years before the surgery was carried out and this consisted of modelling donor tissue and determining how it matched the recipient, as well as simulating the operation together with the surgeons in advance. Following this, the components were designed and manufactured at Planmeca’s head- quarters and transported to the hospital, where they were taken directly to the operating room. The extremely rare procedure, which was only the 35th of its kind in the world, entailed transplanting the patient’s upper and lower jaws, lips and nose, as well as segments of the skin, midfacial and tongue muscles,andthenervesofthesemuscles.Thesurgery itself took 21 hours and included a team of 11 sur- geons, 20 nurses and other medical experts. The first facetransplantintheworldwascarriedoutinFrance in 2005. Planmeca industry news | 11 cone beam 2 2016 contact Planmeca Oy Asentajankatu 6 00880 Helsinki, Finland The facial tissue transplant procedure was planned preoperatively utilising Planmeca’s ProModel technology, which designs and creates patient-specific surgical guides and skull models from CBCT/CT images. (Image: Planmeca. These images are illustrations and do not represent the actual patient or donor.) 22016