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Artificial mock-up of the subarachnoid space

This results is composed of two main modules:
- a transparent simplified model similar to the subarachnoid space, based on geometrical anatomical characterization and made out of off-the-shelf components (polycarbonate shells, nylon wires, silicone tubes);
- a real scale spine model based on volumetric images of a real human body, 3D printed and silicone moulded.

Through this devices high-fidelity endoscopic simulations are possible. A physical, as opposed to a geometric, mathematical model of anatomical structures, can much more easily be tuned to achieve authentic response. It can interact naturally with endoluminal medical devices and tools and provide a natural response to events of many types (contact, navigation, ...).

Because of their realistic representations of the body, physics-based surgical simulators can support the development of new techniques and procedures.

The commercial potential of this result has a twofold value: artificial mock-ups of the subarachnoid space can become a new product to be included in the catalogues of companies selling products to medical doctors, or they can be used by companies developing active endoscopes and interested in an advanced in-vitro testing before animal experiments.

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