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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.3171/2013.11.JNS131066

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurosurg

Publication Date

02/2014

Volume

120

Pages

489 - 492

Keywords

Bone and Bones, Brain Neoplasms, Craniotomy, Humans, Models, Anatomic, Neurosurgery, Printing, Surgical Flaps, Surgical Instruments, Tomography, X-Ray Computed