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The Art of the Surgeon, live surgical demonstration this Wednesday

Members of the public will have a chance to see a leading craniofacial surgeon in action at FACT in Liverpool on Wednesday 20th November at 2pm. Christian Duncan, Craniofacial Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, will perform a live demonstration of craniofacial surgical procedures, performed using prosthetic skulls.

These mock-up operations are taking place as part of a groundbreaking project called Headspace. The Headspace project has been created by Alder Hey in conjunction with FACT and associated artists to develop a comprehensive database of human head shapes using state of the art 3D photography. Since September, a specially designed camera, constructed in the window of FACT on Wood Street in Liverpool City Centre, has been capturing 3D photographs of heads to form the largest research database of its kind in the world and the first in the UK. The images, taken with the latest 3D surface imaging technology from 3dMD, will impact on the future development of life enhancing surgery.

Christian Duncan, who is also the lead for the project explained: “Alongside the Headspace project, we have been running a programme of events celebrating neurosciences. One of the highlights of this will be this surgical demonstration using prosthetic skulls for different types of craniofacial conditions. This is a fantastic, fun opportunity to educate the public about these conditions and their effects on children, while also helping to demystify head and facial surgery.

“The overall aim of Headspace is to produce a template of the normal head shape to be used in craniofacial surgery. The image database we are collating will make a real difference to children with craniofacial deformities. It will help us to improve our surgery techniques to give them back their anonymity, allowing them to live normal lives. Over 1000 people have already taken part which is fantastic but we are still hoping to collect as many images as possible, particularly of children and young people, before 1st December.”

The Art of the Surgeon takes place at FACT, Liverpool between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 20th November. The Headspace project will be open to the public until Sunday 1st December with volunteers able to drop in between 12pm and 6pm (7pm on a Wednesday) to have their 3D picture taken for the project.

Your comments

  • Sir, I watched with great interest your piece on the BBC this moring regarding the experiment utilising the 3D pictures of several thousand donor subjects to obtain a “normal” cranial structure of the skull , I am a design engineer who utilises 3D laser scanning software and I think that you might be interested in the techniques we use in Reverse engineering to aid your cause , please feel free to e-mail me if you wish to persue this line of enquiry ( I do not own a company that sells this tech so please do not feel that I am trying to sell you some kit for my own benefit)

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