Cybram 001 Simulator Helps Med Students Practice Brain Surgery

Cybram 001 Simulator Helps Med Students Practice Brain Surgery

Learning to do brain surgery isn’t easy, as the procedures are often difficult even for experienced surgeons. So researchers in Japan have developed the Cybram 001—or Cybernetic Brain Artery Model—which simulates the functions of blood vessels in the brain, letting surgeons hone their skills without risking a patient’s life.

The simulator doesn’t actually have them dealing with a squishy mockup of the human brain. Instead, it lets them practice procedures where surgical implements have to be inserted into arteries and blood vessels, using a series of stand-in plastic tubes. And through a touchscreen panel everything from the blood pressure to the patient’s heart rate can be controlled to simulate different surgical scenarios.

As you can see, Cybram 001 is also completely see-through. So surgeons-in-training not only get a unique view of the inside of the cerebral cavity and blood vessels as they perform procedures, but it also allows professors to demonstrate techniques to an entire class. And does anyone else see the potential for life-size jello moulds? [DigInfo TV]

Researchers from the Fuyo and Saitama Medical University International Medical Centers have developed a simulator that will allow doctors, residents, and students to practice risky and complicated vascular surgical procedures in the brain without putting real patients at risk. The simulator, called Cybram 001 Cybernetic Brain Artery Model, is a life-sized, transparent plastic body with an anatomically correct network of blood vessels that run from the groin to the cerebral artery in the brain. The vessels actually contain liquid (shown to be water in the video) whose flow and pressure can be adjusted by a circulation pump and pressure control circuit on the simulator, allowing the user to practice on a simulated patient with various vascular conditions.

Because the Cybram 001 is transparent, it can be used for much more than just giving doctors in training and med school students experience in catheterization to treat an aneurysm or brain tumor. The researchers hope it will also be utilized for university lectures and demos, for testing medical devices, and for use with angiography equipment in a radiographic setting.

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