One of the advantages of the new technologies is that their applications are being developed simultaneously by various parties around the world. These are advances in science and technology applied to the field of business, business, education, etc …
This is what makes the world move into the future. It does this by including new techniques such as virtual reality or 3D printing, applying them to processes and industries in need of renewal.
We recently celebrated the news that $250,000 3D printed anatomy kits are making medical education more accessible at Carnegie Mellon University in New York. A team of researchers used 3D printing technologies to create printed, highly patient-specific anatomical models for physician training.
Medical education more accessible and better for students
One illustration of how science advances is that a few days later we were glad to hear the story of a medical team from an Australian university that has used the same technology for a similar purpose, but in a completely different way.
In this case they developed a kit of anatomical models printed in 3D to help train medical students. What differentiates 3D printed models from other existing plastic training models is that they are based on real-life specimens.
That is, they were based on 3D scans of medical corpses, which were then segmented into 57 pieces and printed in 3D using state-of-the-art machines.
More realism for better preparation. Doctors trained with advanced and modern methodologies. This is the way science advances today.
These projects are focused on providing an appropriate medical training solution to medical students in more rural areas. It is understandable that not all medical training centers have the resources or even the necessary licenses to store and use corpses. Even for well-funded medical universities, the corpse storage process is very expensive and rigorously controlled. 3D printed replica kits, which can be used and reused, may be the next best option.
The curious thing about this case is that it is not difficult to obtain human corpses. It really isn’t. The problem is the cost, the technology and the facilities needed to receive a corpse, embalm it, store it and have it ready for dissection, the facilities that are required and the license of the government. Not every medical school or hospital wants to go through that, or can afford it. This is where these 3D replicas are most useful.
New technologies will improve education, learning, health
In the end, technology serves to lower costs, eliminate waiting times and, in short, make training much more accessible to a much wider audience.
It has even been found that medical models printed in 3D could even have a slight advantage over real corpses. One study found that many students were more practical and comfortable with 3D-printed plastic models compared to corpses.
The kits, which cost $250,000, take a long time to print, as even a hand can take up to 4 hours to make. Larger components can take up to a week to print. Considering the quality of the prints and how real they really look, it might be worth the time. In addition, 3D printed replica kits are now commercially available and have attracted the interest of schools and facilities around the world.
From now on, all that’s left to do is wait for a company to appear that, taking this idea, will find a way to turn those thousands of dollars into hundreds, and those 4 hours, into 40 minutes. We have no doubt that, just as Simlab IT has managed to reduce from 6 months to 6 hours the work of doing a training lesson in virtual reality, many other companies are working to bring discoveries in the field of new technologies to people through their practical application in fields such as education, medicine, health or education.
The discipline of anatomy is becoming increasingly complex due to the increased understanding and development of new surgical approaches.
By its very nature, this area does not lend itself to traditional teaching and learning approaches. With the advent of state-of-the-art digital media such as Augmented Reality, Virtual and Mixed (AR/VR/MR), and the reduction of 3D printing costs, students are able to see and touch detailed models and structures that are infrequent for patients in clinical practice, or impossible to discern in cadavers.
Simlab IT works with educators around the world to create virtual reality environments that you can use in your curriculum, show at events or customize for your own use.