3D modelling of clavicle vascular supply

Study level


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr David Forrestal
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Dr Kevin Tetsworth, RBWH
  • Mr Nick Green, RBWH


Bone plates are metal strips that are used to immobilise and align bone segments with the use of screws. It is important that the placements of these screws do not damage the surrounding blood vessels.

An angiogram is a test in which contrast fluid is injected into the bloodstream to make blood vessels visible on a scan.

The Orthopaedic team at RBWH and Herston Biofabrication Institute would like to generate 3D models of 50 patients with healthy bony anatomy that have received an upper extremity angiogram at the RBWH. The data obtained will help to inform surgeons of potential screw placements and impact future plate designs.

Research activities

As part of the research project you will be involved in the following activities:

  • segmentation of scans obtained from angiograms
  • 3D modelling of scanned data
  • contributing to the designs of bone plates.


As a result of the project you will conduct a 3-dimensional anatomical study of the vascular supply relative to the clavicle.



Contact the supervisor for more information.