Researchers are Using Lifelike Models for Medical Teaching

By: Laura McQuarrie - Aug 5, 2016
References: barmagazine
Many anatomical medical teaching tools are created with plastic parts that are simple, shiny and look almost comically cartoonish in comparison to the real systems that make up the human body. But researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in New York are putting 3D printing technology to work for the creation of highly precise and detailed anatomical model kits for medical training.

The lifelike 3D-printed kits for medical students are based on the 3D scans of medical cadavers that were printed into 57 different pieces.

As of now, the $250,000 model kits is costly and time-consuming to produce, but kits of this kind could have huge implications for medical facilities that lack the resources or licensing to store and use cadavers. In the future, it may be common to see patient-specific 3D models created for rehearsing particularly difficult medical procedures.