3D Brain Models for Innovative Teaching

A new innovative teaching model developed by the Educational Factory is taking shape.

Alberto Bianchi and Roberto Giovannoni, together with Prof. Giuseppe Citerio, professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of Milan Bicocca, have developed and built our first working prototype of brain with vascular flow model, tested with great satisfaction at the Neurointensive Care, Department of Emergency and Intensive Care of the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza.

This tool will allow – Prof. Citerio says – young doctors to learn, via a practice approach, the complex technique of transcranial ultrasound, becoming more confident in identifying the different structures of interest, and increasing their sensitivity in recognizing them.

Alberto Bianchi, PhD in Materials Science and a member of the Educational Factory, is already carrying out a prototype’s upgrade, with insertion of further improvements in order to reproduce not only the anatomical model, but also to mimic several pathological settings in the brain.

The latter – Prof. Citerio adds – are fundamental to manage in an optimal way those complex situations characterized for example by strong mechanical traumas with consequent blood extravasation.

The skills of our multidisciplinary team allow us to work efficiently both on the choice of materials that can better respond to the stresses of the ultrasound, and on the adequate reproduction and effective modelling of the different tissues and vessels that constitute the brain.

The project involves the scientific validation of the models and the subsequent use in Higher Education courses that will be implemented starting from June next year.

Educational Factory has already been commissioned by other medical research groups to develop additional educational models for the neurovascular, neurosurgical, gynecological and ENT areas.

Furthermore – Dr. Roberto Giovannoni concludes – we are developing an advanced laboratory animal modelling that can allow laboratory animal scientists to learn and refine their animal manipulating techniques, thus reducing the number of animals used in experiments, fulfilling the national and international guidelines and normatives on the use of animals for scientific purposes.