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

Introduction: The increasing importance of endovascular surgery requires the development of authentic simulation environments to test new endovascular devices and navigation systems. Objectives: 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. Methods and Results: Using the technique of rapid prototyping we developed an endovascular simulator with exchangeable 3D-printed real vascular pathologies. Conclusion: 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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