This week's Product Story showcases biomechanically accurate models that are 3D printed using the J750 Digital Anatomy Printer at the Jacobs Institute.
The Jacobs Institute specializes in collaborating with industry and physicians to drive innovation. They teamed up with Stratasys to make the idea of creating anatomical models that represent the actual look and feel of tissue become a reality. The goal was to provide an alternative to cadavers and animal studies while still providing specific pathologies to practice procedures.
The consistent challenge with practicing medical procedures is the lack of accuracy both in the feel of tissue and the pathology of the patient. Practicing on cadavers is the closest in providing an accurate representation of the actual procedure. However, cadavers are costly, difficult to store and do not generate the hepatic feel that is experienced during the procedure.
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The use of silicon and fluid is also an option for practicing. While this method is widely used as a way to avoid cadavers, some medical professionals claim it is "grossly unsatisfactory." This method lacks the feel of real tissue and the accuracy of patient specific models.
Using the J750 Digital Anatomy Printer
This revolutionary machine is the future of medicine. The ability to not only choose the specific anatomy that needs to be printed, but also choose the age of the patient to vary the density and feel of the material brings an exciting new level of accuracy to medical practice. This means you can incorporate plaque within arteries and customize thinner and thicker walls to truly match real tissue.
Imagine practicing on models that are so close to the reality that you have a hard time telling the difference. This revolutionary solution removes the variables with traditional methods of moving from practice to procedure. The combination of cost savings (compared to cadavers) and exquisite accuracy of models that can mimic each individual patient is a step forward in the practice of modern medicine.