Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2019.1909S12T03

Medical Phantoms for Planning, Training, and Quality Assurance

An Endovascular Simulator based on Exchangeable 3D-printed Real Vascular Pathologies as Alternative to the use of Animals

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Mark Kaschwich (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Florian Matysiak (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Juljan Bouchagiar (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Annika Dell (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Andreas Bayer (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Marco Horn (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany), Markus Kleemann (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany)

Abstract

The increasing importance of endovascular surgery requires the development of authentic simulation environments to test new endovascular devices and navigation systems. Purpose of this project was the development of a simulator that mimics endovascular procedures as realistic as possible to minimize the use of animal models. Using the technique of rapid prototyping we developed an endovascular simulator with exchangeable 3D-printed real vascular pathologies. The technique of 3D-printing opened the door to produce endovascular simulators with authentic vascular pathologies. This can reduce the use of animals for research purposes.

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