The project began its development when Mr. Paul Bartlett, Chief Maxillofacial Prosthetist at Leeds Dental Institute responded to the clinical needs of his patients by developing a novel technique using digital photographs. Collaboration with Mr. Timothy Zoltie, Head of Medical and Dental Illustration at The University of Leeds (UoL) helped translation of technological advances in digital photography, colour calibration, and inkjet printing to perfect the technique. Our manufacture method has been published in peer reviewed journals, and received TV media coverage, with Mr Bartlett interviewed by the BBC demonstrating the scope for this innovative process of manufacture.
The service is now being developed to improve patient experience by producing a unique personalised high-definition prosthesis in a one-stop clinic. Initial results demonstrate favourable outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction, prosthetic appearance, and manufacturing turnaround time. Further research is being undertaken to formally evaluate these factors. In turn, this should help us achieve our aims of improving rehabilitation, quality of life, and patient experience.