Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM

Medical Aids and Devices

Concept of an in-vitro model for endovascular stroke treatment using additive manufacturing

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Nadine Wortmann (Hamburg University of Technology), Johanna Spallek (Hamburg University of Technology), Anna Andriana Kyselyova (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)), Andreas Maximilian Frölich (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)), Jens Fiehler (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)), Dieter Krause (Hamburg University of Technology)


The success of treatment of acute ischemic stroke depends essentially on the time passed until the vessel is reopened. For this reason, training is necessary for the already complicated endovascular stroke treatment under high time pressure. Current in-vitro models do not offer the full range of different stroke cases and the use of various treatment options. This paper describes a conceptual design of a stroke in-vitro model using additive manufacturing to map a range of patient-based training cases. The model considers special aspects of vessels of elderly patients, such as curvatures and stenoses, which complicate the removal of clots. 

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