Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2019.1909S03P10

Imaging and Modelling in 3D Printing

Fabrication of a flexible stenosis phantom for flow measurements using additive manufacturing

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Alina Ibbeken (Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Germany), Pragathi Gurumurthy (Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Germany), Fenja Zell (Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Germany), Christina Hagen (Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Germany), Thorsten M. Buzug  (Institute of Medical Engineering, University of Lübeck, Germany)

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder caused by the collapse of the upper airway during sleep due to a shift of soft tissues. To optimise the treatment, one needs a better understanding of the patient-specific causes. For this purpose, flow measurements shall be executed with flexible phantoms. A first measurement campaign was carried out with a flexible stenosis phantom. To build this phantom a multipiece water-soluble casting mold was fabricated with additive manufacturing and used to cast the phantom with silicone. The quality of the phantom was tested with regard to the wall thickness using CT measurements.

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