Part of the training course was dedicated to instruction on using a fenestrated stent graft to treat complicated aneurysms. The course covered all aspects of stent-graft implantation, including understanding precise measurements, procedural anatomy and cross-sectional imaging. A unique approach to hands-on training was facilitated by 3D printed models and allowed course attendees to perform the procedure as it would be done in the operating room.
Prior to the event, CT scans of two patients were sent to 3D Systems for 3D reconstruction and printing. The models were converted to a latex material to impart flexibility and simulate arterial behavior as expected in an actual procedure. During the course, the models were connected to a circular flow pump to better simulate physiologic conditions to enable trainees repetitive true-to-life practice of actual fenestrated stent-graft implantation.
Dr. Lee, who taught the course, said that “The model was quite accurate in its feel and how it interacted with the actual delivery systems of the fenestrated stent-graft. The flexibility of the model mimicked real life in terms of how the devices tracked through the vessels, making it one of the most usable complex aneurysm training tools currently available”.
Dr. Bismuth further commented that “In the future, we hope to train and practice these procedures using pre-operative CT information as a tool for deciding how to most efficiently operate on a particular upcoming patient. We look forward to continue our collaboration with 3D Systems in pursuing our educational missions moving forward.”
The combination of 3D printed models with 3DS’ virtual reality medical simulators creates a one-of-a-kind blended reality experience for surgical training and planning that can be personalized based on patient-specific data. Surgeons may practice their upcoming procedures and are able to create specialized tools for their patients. Having the printed models is also helpful in providing a detailed explanation of the procedure to the patient. 3D Systems’ healthcare solutions are designed to change the future of personalized medicine.
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