Byrne T, Yong S, Steinfort D. Development and assessment of a low-cost 3D-printed airway model for bronchoscopy simulation training. Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology. 2016,23(3):251-254


We report upon the techniques used to create a plastic 3-dimensional-printed bronchoscopy trainer from an actual patient computed tomography scan. The formatting methods to create the printable file, using free open access software, are outlined. The resulting high anatomic fidelity part-task trainer is described, as well as experienced bronchoscopists' perception of its realism and utility as a training tool. A discussion of the current state of knowledge about the role of simulation in bronchoscopy training, as well as the potential contribution of this device, is presented.

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