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A Patient's Story: How 3-D Simulation Positively Impacts Chad's Quality of Life

Please join us on an incredible simulation journey that begins with novel use of the Anatomage 3-D dissection table and ends with a life saved. Meet Conrad Dove, simulation technician, at the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic. Working with Dr. Casler and one brave patient, Chad, Conrad was able to help locate and define the mass and patient anatomy impacted by a very large facial tumor. Using 3-D modeling via the Anatomage, an initial surgical approach was considered that would require removal of the patient’s lower jaw, as well as extensive remodeling of the middle third of the face to reach the tumor. Not only did the simulation process reveal that the planned approach was not necessary, but a serious possible consequence of the approach could have also damaged the carotid artery. As a result of the new 3-D routed path, the patient only required a small incision in the upper gum and palate area; not a radical surgery involving permanent facial changes and possible disfigurement. The results were so stunning, in fact, Chad and his family could hardly believe the surgery had occurred.
Listen and watch as the team comes together with the patient in this video (password: Dove), and watch as the patient actually encounters his tumor in three dimensions and at full-scale. Follow along as the surgeon considers what might have been, had it not been for the results of this simulation technology. Watch Conrad Dove meet a patient impacted by simulation for the first time in his career, and hear the patient’s gratitude over this emerging technology.
NOTE: Password to video link is "Dove"