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Construction of 3-Dimensional Printed Ultrasound Phantoms With Wall-less Vessels

Nikitichev, DI; Barburas, A; McPherson, K; Mari, J-M; West, SJ; Desjardins, AE; (2016) Construction of 3-Dimensional Printed Ultrasound Phantoms With Wall-less Vessels. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine , 35 (6) pp. 1333-1339. 10.7863/ultra.15.06012. Green open access

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Abstract

Ultrasound phantoms are invaluable as training tools for vascular access procedures. We developed ultrasound phantoms with wall-less vessels using 3D printed chambers. Agar was used as a soft-tissue mimicking material, and the wall-less vessels were created with rods that were retracted after the agar was set. The chambers had integrated luer connectors to allow for fluid injections with clinical syringes. Several variations on this design are presented, which include branched and stenotic vessels. The results show that 3D printing can be well suited to the construction of wall-less ultrasound phantoms, with designs that can be readily customised and shared electronically.

Type: Article
Title: Construction of 3-Dimensional Printed Ultrasound Phantoms With Wall-less Vessels
Location: USA
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7863/ultra.15.06012
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7863/ultra.15.06012
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. The published version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.7863/ultra.15.06012 in accordance with the publisher's guidelines at http://www.aium.org/jum/authorGuidelines.pdf.
Keywords: tissue-mimicking material; 3-dimensional printing; ultrasound phantom; vascular access; vascular ultrasound; wall-less vessels
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472123
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