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3D Printed Anatomy Kits Drawing Interest from Hospitals and Universities

by • August 3, 2016 • No Comments

download (22)In my high school, every biology class was required to dissect a few animals, and I recall it being pretty unpleasant. Interesting, for certain, and helpful – few lessons stuck with me the way that examining the actual organs of a worm, frog and crayfish did. I didn’t enjoy it, yet, and that was satisfactory – I never had any aspirations of going to medical school, so once that chapter of my high school biology class was finished, I was ideally pleased to move on and never slice open another animal again.

b45b85_cb2baa61c79f40ab8689d5148a612246For those pursuing medical careers, yet, dissection is a recurring requirement, and it can be rocky on a few students, particularly when the time comes to dissect human cadavers. Some students are actually prohibited of doing so for religious and/or cultural reasons. But in a story we’ve been next for two years, an Australian university discovered a viable alternative to human cadavers – 3D printed anatomy kits. Monash University and partner Erler Zimmer initially turn it intod their 3D Printed Anatomy Series on the market for sale last year, with the full series finally accomplished at the end of the year.

We’ve become quite acquainted with 3D printed organ models as an increasingly common tool for surgeons to practice procedures and for medical students to learn the anatomy of individual body parts. 3D printing a detailed, fully accurate replica of the entire human body, yet, was a various challenge altogether, and one that took a lot of time to ideal. Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash, and his team utilized CT and laser scans of real human bodies to turn it into the full-color replicas, that have garnered a excellent deal of interest of medical schools and institutions.

“We printed out the initially replicas two-and-a-half years ago and finished the entire series just nine months ago,” Professor McMenamin said. “Since and so, we are getting interest of all over the world as it is now a commercially on the market anatomical teverying tool. We are the leaders in this field.”


Professor Paul McMenamin with a 3D printed anatomy kit. [Image: Bryan Petts-Jones]

While the development system took two and a half years, things are moving much additional rapidly now that the 3D files are accomplished and readily on the market. 3D printing new models, yet, yet takes time. Each full-body replica consists of 57 parts, and larger components can take up to a week to 3D print. With the time and material required, the models are on the expensive side – every kit is valued at additional than AUD $250,000.

b45b85_46e4fc62f7b74edea8e5b82faae35567The cost is worth it, yet, for medical universities and hospitals alike. Monash Rural Health Churchill, a branch of the main university, was not long ago presented with a full kit so that students can study locally, pretty than traveling to the main campus in Clayton. The Churchill campus serves of 90 students in the initially-year anatomy program, but they’re required to travel every couple of weeks to the main campus to access the anatomy facilities – a drive of of an hour and a half.

With a 3D printed anatomy kit, Churchill students can now learn much additional without having to travel a long distance – an advantage that most other universities are most likely to avail themselves of. Do you see these kits as a significant benefit? Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Anatomy Kits over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Latrobe Valley Express]