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Otological Planning Software-OTOPLAN: A Narrative Literature Review.

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Gatto, Annalisa 
Tofanelli, Margherita  ORCID logo
Costariol, Ludovica  ORCID logo
Rizzo, Serena 
Borsetto, Daniele 


The cochlear implant (CI) is a widely accepted option in patients with severe to profound hearing loss receiving limited benefit from traditional hearing aids. CI surgery uses a default setting for frequency allocation aiming to reproduce tonotopicity, thus mimicking the normal cochlea. One emerging instrument that may substantially help the surgeon before, during, and after the surgery is a surgical planning software product developed in collaboration by CASCINATION AG (Bern, Switzerland) and MED-EL (Innsbruck Austria). The aim of this narrative review is to present an overview of the main features of this otological planning software, called OTOPLAN®. The literature was searched on the PubMed and Web of Science databases. The search terms used were "OTOPLAN", "cochlear planning software" "three-dimensional imaging", "3D segmentation", and "cochlear implant" combined into different queries. This strategy yielded 52 publications, and a total of 31 studies were included. The review of the literature revealed that OTOPLAN is a useful tool for otologists and audiologists as it improves preoperative surgical planning both in adults and in children, guides the intraoperative procedure and allows postoperative evaluation of the CI.


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Acknowledgements: The authors thank Itala Mary Ann Brancaleone, MA, RSA, Dip TEFLA, teacher of Medical English at the University of Trieste, for her support in editing the manuscript.

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OTOPLAN, cochlear implant, otological planning software, otosurgery

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Audiol Res

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Univeristy of Trieste (4954/2022)