3-D printed brain allows surgeons to practice

(University of Connecticut) The first time a young surgeon threads a wire into a stroke victim’s chest and neck and fishes a blood clot out of the brain may be one of the most harrowing moments in her career. Using brain scans and a 3-D printer, a UConn Health radiologist and a medical physicist made a life-size model of the arteries and will make the pattern freely available to any doctor who requests.