Advances in technology allowing the combination of medical imaging and three-dimensional printing have greatly benefitted thoracic surgery, allowing for the creation of complex prostheses. Surgical education is also a significant application of three-dimensional printing, especially for the development of simulation-based training models. Aiming to show how three-dimensional printing can benefit patients and clinicians in thoracic surgery, an optimized method to create patient-specific chest wall prosthesis using three-dimensional printing was developed and clinically validated. An artificial chest simulator for surgical training was also developed, replicating the human anatomy with high realism and accurately simulating a minimally invasive lobectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Issue number3
Early online date5 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Humans
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedures
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Prosthesis Implantation

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