The demand for anatomically accurate silicone models for new product development is continuing to see strong growth amongst leading medical device companies.
Anatomical models have been recognised as a key tool in enabling a more efficient development of new products in the medical technology sector. According to market leader MedScan3D, based in Galway, Ireland the adoption of these models has allowed medical device companies move through prototyping more quickly and more cost effectively than ever before.
As awareness of the silicone anatomical models has grown, numerous medical device companies have adopted the technology, including flexible ablation catheter system producer Endowave. Based in Ireland’s medtech hub, Endowave have developed a fully flexible microwave ablation catheter system that can be delivered through the patient’s airways to reach the target disease, allowing physicians to completely destroy a tumour in a single intervention using a minimally invasive approach.
According to Endowave CTO Jimmy Eaton-Evans, the use of MedScan3D’s anatomical models has been of significant benefit to the company. “Endowave are working on a pioneering, minimally invasive treatment for lung cancer that is delivered through the patient’s airway. MedScan3D provided us an anatomically accurate silicone lung airway model which has enabled our team to simulate delivery and optimise our catheter technology, in advance of clinical testing.”
In addition to the valuable benefits of anatomical models in the development of medical device products, the models are also widely used in a number of other applications including pre-surgery planning and education. As awareness of the models continues to grow, MedScan3D Technical Director Jacqui O’Connor is seeing significant demand from a variety of sectors.
“While the adoption of our anatomical models by medical device companies here in Ireland is our primary market, we have also supplied the models for use in pre-surgery planning scenarios. The models allow surgeons prepare for a particular procedure, and ultimately helping to improve patient outcomes.”
Education is another area seeing increased demand for the models, with O’Connor reporting a rise in use of the models amongst third level institutes in particular. “The anatomical models are also a valuable tool in terms of education, allowing students and professionals handle anatomically accurate examples of the organs they will ultimately be dealing with.”
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