Prof. Francis LeBouthillier, Medical & Surgical Training
Researcher Francis LeBouthillier develops surgical training models for high-risk surgeries.

Medical surgeons need to hone their skills prior to performing high-risk surgical procedures on fetuses in utero and on newborns. To date, highly representational 3-dimensional fetal models, that have life-like physical properties, are few and far between. The goal of the Making Digital Matter - Surgical Training Fetus project is to create a series of accurate and responsive fetal models to help surgeons visualize the complex physiology of a newly developing fetus and their associated pathologies. The results of this research project will provide surgeons with the visual and tactile information necessary to confidently implement highly complicated fetal surgical procedures.