In many resource poor areas of the world cervical cancer screenings and related therapeutic procedures are rare due to a lack of training. Students at Rice University, with help from Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, have developed an affordable model of the female pelvic region that can be used to train and practice various procedures.
The model is a follow up to the work of previous student teams. It is produced using a 3D printer and consists of six different versions including healthy, pre-cancerous, and ones with cancerous lesions. An attachment for the model allows the device to be positioned to replicate various positions of the cervix and the model itself reacts to water to simulate how acetic acid would be used to spot precancerous lesions.
Here’s a Rice video about the students’ efforts: