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Surg Today. 2017 Apr;47(4):521-524. doi: 10.1007/s00595-016-1383-8. Epub 2016 Jul 25.

A novel three-dimensional print of liver vessels and tumors in hepatectomy.

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1
Division of Gastroenterological and Hepatobiliary Surgery, and Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, 305-8575, Japan.
2
Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of System Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.
3
Division of Gastroenterological and Hepatobiliary Surgery, and Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, 305-8575, Japan. nokochi3@md.tsukuba.ac.jp.

Abstract

Creating a three-dimensional (3D)-printed liver model is costly, and the visibility of the inner structures is slightly hindered. We developed a novel structure that simultaneously solves both of these problems. The outer frames were set up along the liver surface. Our structure did not use the transparent loading material because this material increases the printing cost. Therefore, we were able to directly observe the inside of the structure. We performed hepatectomy using this novel 3D-printed liver model. Using this model, we were able to clearly simulate the resection line and safely perform the surgery. Our process was more cost effective, had a shorter production time, and improved the visibility than other processes. We developed a novel 3D-printed liver for hepatectomy, which made the procedure easier, reduced the production cost, and improved the visibility; this approach may be useful for future surgeries.

KEYWORDS:

3-D print; Liver model; hepatectomy

PMID:
27456277
DOI:
10.1007/s00595-016-1383-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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