These state of the art models have been designed by Fusetec (Adelaide, Australia). They are fabricated from CT scans of actual patients with chronic rhinosinusitis who had later undergone endoscopic sinus surgery. They have been printed in a range of materials that mimic the bony, cellular and mucosal structures within the paranasal sinuses.
Surgical planning is of critical importance, hence an important part of the course is given to offering delegates a structured programme of CT scan interpretation and 3D assessment of the frontal drainage pathway.
By using a bespoke piece of software (Scopis Building Blocks, Stryker Ltd), the anatomical configuration of the frontal recess can be constructed. This, then, allows the delegate to plan the surgical steps in opening a frontal sinus which will be performed on the 3D Model using surgical equipment and videoendoscopic units provided by Karl Storz, Medtronic and Stryker. Finally, the dissection of the frontal sinus in the actual patient from which the 3D Model was constructed can be viewed.
This pioneering teaching methodology offers delegates the unparalleled experience of performing up to five frontal dissections of varying difficulty and two frontal drillout procedures.