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World Neurosurg. 2016 Jul;91:66-72. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.03.084. Epub 2016 Apr 8.

Training for Skull Base Surgery with a Colored Temporal Bone Model Created by Three-Dimensional Printing Technology.

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1
Department of Neurosurgery, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan. Electronic address: mikunin@sapmed.ac.jp.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A 3-dimensional temporal bone model for skull base surgical training was reconstructed via the use of a selective laser sintering technique, which is one of the 3-dimensional printing technologies.

METHODS:

The temporal bone model was created in 2 pieces to remove powder material in the mastoid air cells and to place dye into the semicircular canal and the Fallopian canal.

RESULTS:

The powder material was minimal, and the decisive structures were identified in color.

CONCLUSIONS:

This artificial model will pave the way to a "new era" in surgical training and medical education.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; Education; Mastoidectomy; Selective laser sintering; Skull base surgery; Surgical training; Temporal bone model

PMID:
27062915
DOI:
10.1016/j.wneu.2016.03.084
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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