Acute or chronic liver failure indicates that it is impossible for the liver to function well enough to keep the body alive, requiring an organ transplant. A liver transplant operation is comprised of two parallel surgeries that replace a patient's diseased liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from either a live or a deceased donor. Our lab aims to simulate the complex donor liver surgery by replicating the anatomy of the donor's liver, gallbladder, and blood vessels including the hepatic artery, portal vein, and hepatic vein. The model is based on patient scans which are converted into 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) models. These 3D CAD files allow each liver to be exact replicas or “patient specific”.
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