Amazingly lifelike human body with functioning heart and lungs 3D-printed for surgical practice – Mirror.co.uk


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Surgeons will soon be able to train on incredibly lifelike models created using the latest 3D printing techniques.

Researcher Richard Arm from the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University worked with industry partners to pioneer a realistic body – complete with functioning heart and lungs.

As well as “tactile feedback”, the model can also pump a limited supply of artificial blood around these organs as well as use a ventilator to simulate breathing.

“The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy,” explained Arm, a research fellow and PhD candidate at the university.

Nottingham Trent University

“By communicating the experience of performing cardiothoracic surgery, surgeons can be better prepared for live surgery by improving their surgical skills and enhancing post-operative outcomes for patients.”

Nottingham Trent University

The organs are 3D printed from special silicone gels and fibres and placed inside a mock body that was created from a cast of an anonymous model.

Yorkshire-based Trauma FX, a “casualty simulation” company created the outer skin which can be cut by a scalpel and resealed many times for multiple trial surgeries.

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University

While Arm’s original prototype is set to go on public display, it will form the basis of two more models set to be produced for the Ministry of Defence by December.

Plans are also underway to create more organs – such as the brain, eyes, stomach, liver and kidneys – that can also be fitted to the models.

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Tilak Dias, a supervisor of the project at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Richard’s work shows how art and science can be combined to improve the way critical surgery is performed.

“By enhancing the learning experience of surgeons, we can ensure they are better prepared for real life situations where their skills and knowledge are relied upon to save people’s lives.”

Surgeons will soon be able to train on incredibly lifelike models created using the latest 3D printing techniques.

Researcher Richard Arm from the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University worked with industry partners to pioneer a realistic body – complete with functioning heart and lungs.

As well as “tactile feedback”, the model can also pump a limited supply of artificial blood around these organs as well as use a ventilator to simulate breathing.

“The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy,” explained Arm, a research fellow and PhD candidate at the university.

Nottingham Trent University

“By communicating the experience of performing cardiothoracic surgery, surgeons can be better prepared for live surgery by improving their surgical skills and enhancing post-operative outcomes for patients.”

Nottingham Trent University

The organs are 3D printed from special silicone gels and fibres and placed inside a mock body that was created from a cast of an anonymous model.

Yorkshire-based Trauma FX, a “casualty simulation” company created the outer skin which can be cut by a scalpel and resealed many times for multiple trial surgeries.

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University

While Arm’s original prototype is set to go on public display, it will form the basis of two more models set to be produced for the Ministry of Defence by December.

Plans are also underway to create more organs – such as the brain, eyes, stomach, liver and kidneys – that can also be fitted to the models.

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Tilak Dias, a supervisor of the project at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Richard’s work shows how art and science can be combined to improve the way critical surgery is performed.

“By enhancing the learning experience of surgeons, we can ensure they are better prepared for real life situations where their skills and knowledge are relied upon to save people’s lives.”

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