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3D-Printed Models for Training & Planning of Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery

3D-Printed Models for Training & Planning of Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery

Written by David

June 30, 2020

A small gland (about the size of a small bean) located at the base of the skull, the pituitary secretes hormones and regulates the other major organs. Also known as the master gland, it is vital to good health, and can be seriously affected by over-production of hormones—or the opposite.

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When something goes wrong, surgery can be necessary, but tricky; for instance, endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery presents numerous challenges and risks as a procedure.

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Seeking better solutions for surgeons, researchers came together to perform a recent study, detailing the results in ‘ The manufacturing procedure of 3D printed models for endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery .’ Honing in on the need to provide better training—especially as cadavers can be hard to come by for both medical students and surgeons to practice on—the researchers examined the further potential of 3D printed models for improved planning. In removing pituitary tumors, […]

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