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No one wants to be operated on by a surgeon who has little hands-on training, but throughout history, finding suitable models or cadavers has been challenging for medical students who want nothing more than the luxury of many quiet hours perfecting their procedures as they continue on their way to being experienced doctors.
3D printing has brought a lot to the (operating) table for doctors worldwide, as well as to patients, their families, and medical students and doctors. 3D printed models and guides, whether displaying organs like the kidney, head and neck tumors, or hip fractures, allow for better diagnosis and treatment, as well as offering a comprehensive visual aid for everyone involved.
Simulation devices, while more complex, are also extremely helpful to students and doctors. Now, Swiss medical researchers from the University of Bern have developed a new training method, detailed in the recently published “Neurosurgical simulator for training aneurysm microsurgery—a user suitability study involving neurosurgeons and residents.”
Currently, training for intracranial aneurysms is limited because of the difficulty level involved in such microsurgery. Medical students and surgeons typically gain experience through watching and assisting during procedures, performing surgery under the watchful eye of skilled doctors, as well …
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