Amanda Behr // Shawn McLeod 

Medical models have a long history of success in simulation and informed patient consent. More recently, digital design techniques allow production of models based upon patient anatomy or specific customized need. 3D design and printing technology offers an opportunity to create realistic models for residency training and patient education where commercial products are unavailable. This presentation demonstrates the production of two products: a set of patient education models for facial prosthetics and a high-fidelity Laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) surgical simulator. Both models are produced using molds designed in Pixelogic® Z-brush and printed with low-cost 3D printing and silicone casting. The models were validated for effectiveness with target audiences. Residents felt the LM model increased their competency and positively contributed to their training and clinical skills. The patient education model demonstrated four methods of retaining facial prosthetics. Patients expressed more comfort with treatment options and were able to demonstrate manual dexterity needed for the varied treatments. Further results and design recommendations will be discussed.

Amanda Behr, CMI

Amanda Behr, CMI

Amanda Behr received her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine program in Biological and Medical Illustration. She completed internships in anaplastology with Juan Garcia at the Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics Clinic and with Gillian Duncan for Prosthetics at Graphica Medica. She is a certified medical illustrator and a certified clinical anaplastologist.

Amanda is Faculty of the Department of Medical Illustration at Augusta University where she specializes in medical sculpture, print design and patient education. She serves as program director and interim chair of the department. She is Clinical Director and Anaplastologist for Augusta University’s Clinic for Prosthetic Resotration.

Amanda’s research interests include the affordable integration of 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies in medicine. She is particularly interested in the use of DICOM data and 3D printing to create custom surgical implants and custom medical models for surgical planning and education.

Shawn McLeod

Shawn McLeod

Shawn McLeod is a recent graduate from Augusta University’s Medical illustration graduate program now living and working in Chattanooga, TN as a freelance medical illustrator. Her interests lie in patient education and the applications of 3D printing and medical models. Shawn’s graduate research investigated the use of a digital workflow to design and fabricate medical models for patient education in the field of Anaplastology. In her spare time, Shawn enjoys volunteering with the Local Junior League of Chattanooga, and educating others about health and wellness.