2 June 2014 New eye phantom for ophthalmic surgery
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In this work, we designed and realized a new phantom able to mimic the principal mechanical, rheological, and physical cues of the human eye and that can be used as a common benchmark to validate new surgical procedures, innovative vitrectomes, and as a training system for surgeons. This phantom, in particular its synthetic humor vitreous, had the aim of reproducing diffusion properties of the natural eye and can be used as a system to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of drugs and optimization of their dose, limiting animal experiments. The eye phantom was built layer-by-layer starting from the sclera up to the retina, using low cost and easy to process polymers. The validation of the phantom was carried out by mechanical characterization of each layer, by diffusion test with commercial drugs into a purposely developed apparatus, and finally by a team of ophthalmic surgeons. Experiments demonstrated that polycaprolactone, polydimethylsiloxane, and gelatin, properly prepared, are the best materials to mimic the mechanical properties of sclera, choroid, and retina, respectively. A polyvinyl alcohol-gelatin polymeric system is the best for mimicking the viscosity of the human humor vitreous, even if the bevacizumab half-life is lower than in the human eye.
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Gessica Fogli, Gessica Fogli, Gianni Orsi, Gianni Orsi, Carmelo De Maria, Carmelo De Maria, Francesca Montemurro, Francesca Montemurro, Michele Palla, Michele Palla, Stanislao Rizzo, Stanislao Rizzo, Giovanni Vozzi, Giovanni Vozzi, } "New eye phantom for ophthalmic surgery," Journal of Biomedical Optics 19(6), 068001 (2 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.19.6.068001 . Submission:

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