3D brain surgery simulator gets Hollywood treatment

When a team of neurosurgeons designed this 3D brain surgery simulator, they thought some Hollywood special effects magic would help.
Enter Emmy-Award winning special effects group FracturedFX, known for its work on films like “The Conjuring” and “Boogeyman 2”.
Co-developer Dr. Peter Weinstock, of Boston Children’s Hospital:
SOUNDBITE (English) DR. PETER WEINSTOCK, CO-DEVELOPER OF 3D SIMULATOR FOR PRACTICING BRAIN SURGERY, SAYING:
“It was not a long leap ultimately for us to start to reach out to our friends in Hollywood and say ‘come on board,’ because we needed that kind of expertise to fully fill out what we were trying to accomplish in life-like, realistic rehearsal.”
FracturedFX created a full-scale model of a 14-year-old child’s head and brain.
The 3D simulator helps neurosurgeons practice a minimally invasive operation called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV.
It’s used to treat hydrocephalus — a common condition in pediatric neurosurgery — when there’s excessive build-up of cerebrospinal fluid and pressure on the brain.
ETVs re-route the fluid back through normal channels, eliminating the need to implant a shunt.
The device is a big step up from training tools like fruits, vegetables, and cadavers, says co-developer Dr. Alan Cohen of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
SOUNDBITE (English) DR. ALAN COHEN, NEUROSURGEON AND DEVELOPER OF 3D SIMULATOR, SAYING:
“It’s safe, it’s realistic, it’s repeatable, and the real beauty of this is we can actually use the instruments that we use in the operating room on the 3D printed model heads.”
Their biggest challenge now? Getting time-strapped health professionals to practice.
SOUNDBITE (English) DR. PETER WEINSTOCK, CO-DEVELOPER OF 3D SIMULATOR FOR PRACTICING BRAIN SURGERY, SAYING:
“Some…

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