The Neurosurgery Simulation Core has extended its core technologies into 3D printing, in collaboration with the Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare’s Rapid Prototyping Core, under Director Anthony B. Costa, PhD. In select cases, 3D printing provides pre- and intraoperative planning and surgical rehearsal impossible through any other medium. For example, an extensive collaboration between the Neurosurgery Simulation Core and the Department of Otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has produced a series of pre-operative models of skull-base lesions. These models are used to plan minimally invasive approaches to the skull base on the model itself, making it a trial run for the actual surgery.
This year, the 3D printing team has launched the Medical Modeling Core to provide virtual reality, and 3D printing services and resources to basic researchers and clinicians at Mount Sinai on a fee-for-service basis, with turnaround times and costs far below what are available on the open market. This general resource will be the first of its kind catering specifically to the unique modeling requirements of clinicians on a patient-specific basis.
Already in its beta phase, the Medical Modeling Core has been highly successful through collaboration with departments outside of neurosurgery, including orthopedics, where highly accurate segmentation and 3D printing enabled a surgery that could not have been performed otherwise.
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