New Surgical Simulator Prototype from Nottingham Trent University
The model was created from silicone gels and fibres to help prepare trainee surgeons for the mental and physical experience of operating on chest organs. It was created using CT scans of real organs to create lifelike simulations of the heart, lungs and great vessels in the chest.
The outer skin, created by Yorkshire-based Trauma FX – uses a life-cast of an anonymous model and can be cut into with a scalpel and seamlessly resealed to allow for repeated mock surgeries.
Richard Arm, of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, who helped create the model, said: “The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy.