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December 19, 2013 AT 4:44 pm

3D Printing Skulls for Brain Surgery Training #3DxMedicine #3DThursday #3DPrinting

3D Printing Skulls for Brain Surgery Training. From 3DPrinter.net:

…Normally, the hundreds of hours a surgeon has to train before working on an actual living person are all done using cadavers, the bodies of people that donated themselves to science after their death. As you might expect there isn’t an endless supply for prospective surgeons to practice on, and you certainly want surgeons to have lots of practice before ever touching a patient.

3D printing has now stepped up to fill this void and offer an on demand solution.  Scientists at the University of Malaysia have already begun printing 3D skulls to practice on.  The printed material reportedly has a very similar feel to an actual skull and should make a good learning tool that might replace the need for endless cadavers.

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