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09.30.2015

To fashion an ear: New 3-D model helps surgical trainees

UW teamwork yields low-cost base that resembles rib cartilage on which residents can practice

By Jennifer Langston  |  UW Today  |  Updated 9:30 AM, 09.30.2015

Posted in: Education

  • In the study, experienced surgeons preferred carving the UW's models (in white) over a more expensive material made of dental impression material (in blue). University of Washington
To shape an artificial ear, medical students practice with bars of soaps, potatoes and apples to hone their techniques. A collaboration between a UW Medicine surgical resident and a UW bioengineering student recently yielded a more realistic model. With 3-D printing, they've developed a low-cost, more lifelike base on which they can practice ear reconstruction. 

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Tagged with: 3-D, engineering, reconstructive surgery
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