Mixed Reality Surgery
As part of their training at the University of Florida, future generations of surgeons are practicing on 3D models of the brain. These models are being used in conjunction with images of different types of surgery. They refer to this type of training as mixed reality surgery. It provides the training surgeon an opportunity to conduct actual surgical procedures on a 3D printed model. These models are based on the images of brains from real patients and their skulls. These images are obtained from MRI and CT scans.
Many surgeons who have trained using this method believe it has potential beyond simply being used for training. They believe this technology could help patients in the real world. A 3D model could be made of a patient's current brain and skull condition. This would enable a surgeon the opportunity to practice a specific procedure prior to performing the surgery. Doing this could be a huge help when dealing with a delicate surgery.
When surgeons train in the traditional method they spend a lot of time viewing surgical procedures. They then practice performing surgical techniques on cadavers. After a period of time they are carefully introduced into actually doing surgery. Being able to perform surgical procedures on 3D models increases the level of experience a resident has prior to becoming a surgeon.
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