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    April 1, 2016

    3-D Modeling and Printing of Spine Interventions: New Educational Tools for Teaching Complex Anatomy

    With a 2015 RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Radiology Education Research Development Grant, Justin Cramer, M.D., proposes utilizing 3-D models to enhance understanding of spine interventions. The goals of Dr. Cramer and colleagues are to realize an interactive means for visualizing spine anatomy in the context of interventional procedures and to convey their practical experiences with starting a 3-D imaging lab. The models will be included as interactive objects in an eBook, with correlating fluoroscopic and CT images. A 3-D printer will produce models of the procedures that will be available to participants. The printable models will also be available for download via the eBook which will include photographs of the printed models. Participants will take a pre- and post-test to evaluate the efficacy of this teaching mechanism. Finally, knowledge gained about 3-D modeling software and hardware will be conveyed in the educational materials.

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    Justin Cramer, M.D.

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