Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Utility of multimaterial 3D printers in creating models with pathological entities to enhance the training experience of neurosurgeons.

Authors
  • Waran, Vicknes
  • Narayanan, Vairavan
  • Karuppiah, Ravindran
  • Owen, Sarah L F
  • Aziz, Tipu
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Neurosurgery
Publisher
Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2014
Volume
120
Issue
2
Pages
489–492
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3171/2013.11.JNS131066
PMID: 24321044
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The advent of multimaterial 3D printers allows the creation of neurosurgical models of a more realistic nature, mimicking real tissues. The authors used the latest generation of 3D printer to create a model, with an inbuilt pathological entity, of varying consistency and density. Using this model the authors were able to take trainees through the basic steps, from navigation and planning of skin flap to performing initial steps in a craniotomy and simple tumor excision. As the technology advances, models of this nature may be able to supplement the training of neurosurgeons in a simulated operating theater environment, thus improving the training experience.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times