Engineering a better surgery

“We realized pretty quickly that there’s a lot more to it for a good surgical simulation for our surgical residents to learn and to practice.”

Carolina’s Austin Rose, MD, an associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, needed a better way to teach surgical skills to his residents. He knew the anatomy of the ear inside out and imagined a new temporal bone model, but he needed a 3D-printing expert to bring this model to life.

With engineers from N.C. State University, Rose and his colleagues created precise 3D models of anatomical structures to simulate challenging surgeries for specific patients.

Twelve-year-old Eric was the first patient at UNC Hospitals to have a 3D model prepared of his own inner ear anatomy that surgeons then used to simulate his unique procedure. Doctors were better prepared, and Eric got a better result.

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