3D printed models for brain surgeons


Neurosurgeons, like Mr Mario Teo (pictured in an operating theatre here at Southmead Hospital) can spend anywhere from two to over 15 hours operating on a single patient – and every single second requires pinpoint precision. Frequent training is absolutely essential.

Eight new life-like 3D printed models of the brain, provided by your donations, mean Mario and his colleagues can now practice multiple procedures to better plan and prepare for operations while continuing to improve their expertise.

Alongside the models, which mimic the features of brain tissue down to capillaries measuring 0.1mm in diameter, the surgeons also use an augmented reality app on their phones – making the operating scenarios they practise even more realistic.

Not only are these models reducing the high costs of neurosurgery training, but they also ultimately mean higher surgical accuracy, fewer complications, and better care for brain surgery patients.

Thank you so much for helping patients with brain injuries and illnesses the best chance, and for training the next generation of neurosurgeons.

You can support staff at North Bristol NHS Trust by donating today. Thank you.

Thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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