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Three-dimensional printing as an educational tool in colorectal surgery.

TitleThree-dimensional printing as an educational tool in colorectal surgery.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBangeas, P., Drevelegas K., Agorastou C., Tzounis L., Chorti A., Paramythiotis D., Michalopoulos A., Tsoulfas G., Papadopoulos V. N., Exadaktylos A., & Suri J. S.
JournalFront Biosci (Elite Ed)
Date Published2019 Jan 01

3D printing is a rapidly advancing technology which represents a significant technological achievement that could be useful in a variety of biomedical applications. In the field of surgery, 3D printing is envisioned as a significant step in the areas of surgical planning, education and training. The 3D printed models are considered as high quality and efficient educational tools. In this paper A randomized controlled trial was performed to compare the educational role of 3D printed models with that of the conventional MRI films in the training of surgical residents. Statistical analysis revealed that Resident surgeons who studied only the anal fistula printed models, (Group B) achieved a higher overall score in the fistula assessment test (87,2 (82,6-91,6)) compared to resident surgeons (Group A) who studied only MRI images (74,85 (66,8-73,5)).  3D printing technology can lead to improvement in preoperative planning accuracy, followed by efficient optimization of the treatment strategy. It is believed that 3D printing technology could be used in the case of various other surgical applications, thus representing a novel tool for surgical education.

Alternate JournalFront Biosci (Elite Ed)
PubMed ID30468636


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