Wednesday, May 18, 2011

3D Human Lung Model Q & A

What are the most important features to look for in a 3D human lung model for a hospital emergency room setting for patient consultation?
Hospital emergency rooms are busy places with little room for storage and display. Finding a good match in a 3D human lung model takes a bit of time but there are definitely options available. Look for models that come mounted on a standard sized base that can easily be stored in a medical supply cupboard, under a counter, or on a counter itself. The smaller the model base and background card the less space the model itself will take.

A lung model for an emergency room setting should clearly indicate both health functioning as well as conditions such as asthma, bronchitis as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Most models will also show signs of lung cancer although in emergency room settings this diagnosis may not be common. Having both external and internal features of the lungs is also very beneficial for doctors and patients alike.

The model needs to be easy to clean and disinfect and also lightweight for easy movement between examination rooms. The model should also be designed to be durable and long lasting so buying from a well known and reputable anatomical model manufacturer is recommended for the best quality product.

What smaller models can be used with a 3D human lung model?

One of the most common small models that are used in conjunction with a full 3D human lung model is a bronchus model. This model is hinged at the back to a central rod that allows the cross-sections of the bronchus to swing out for display. It shows the detail of an asthma attack or chronic bronchitis where the passage swells and fills to prevent air passage. This bronchus model can be used together with the 3D human lung model to show those that have just experienced an asthma attack what happened in the body. They can also be used together to demonstrate how emergency inhalers and routine asthma medications work to keep lung passages open even when asthma triggers are present. By understanding this process patients can more accurately use emergency inhalers and stick to routine medications to prevent serious attacks that require medical treatment.

On a typical 3D human lung model what are the most common pathologies listed on the cards and depicted within the model itself?

There can be a wide range of diseases and conditions shown on a 3D human lung model. The highest quality models will show the greatest number of pathologies without resulting in a confusing depiction on the model. Different pathologies can be shown on different cut-aways and sides of the lung model for clarity and ease of viewing. Typical conditions noted on a good lung model include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma and cancer. The model can also be used to show fluid on the lungs associated with respiratory infections and other diseases.

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