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Edward Smith, MD, co-director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center at Boston Children's, is developing a urine biomarker test for arteiovenous malformations. The test will detect if the brain tumor is coming back, without the need of an imaging visit. Read more.

3D Printing Helps Doctors in Brain Surgery on Southington Teenager

The Hartford Courant (subscription required) explains how 3D printing helped save the life of Adam Stedman, a 16-year-old from Southington, CT. Adam had a delicate cranial neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital to repair a rare arteriovenous malformation. A 3D model of Adam's brain was used by Boston Children’s neurosurgeon, Edward Smith, MD, in pre-surgery training. Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, director the Boston Children's Hospital simulator program is quoted in the article.

Surgeons Get 'Dress Rehearsals' with 3D-Printed Body Parts

ABC News features Boston Children's Simulator Program and its 3D printing service which allows doctors to practice performing complex surgeries on one-of-a-kind patients before ever entering the operating room. Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, tells ABC his team has printed about 100 body parts over the last year and demand is growing. Edward Smith, MD, says a surgery that was supposed to take five or six hours wound up taking 2 hours and 20 minutes after practicing on the replicas that had been printed of a 15-year-old patient with an abnormal cluster of veins above his optical nerve.

Patient Story: Yousef's Vein of Galen surgery

When a Vein of Galen malformation was discovered in Yousef Alrkhayes' brain, a neurologist in their hometown of Kuwait City said he would be able to operate on Yousef at six months with a 40 percent chance of success—a prospect Yousef’s parents weren’t satisfied with. Because the malformation was so rare, they soon realized, they would need to find help outside of the country. Read more of Yousef's story at Boston Children's here.

As childhood strokes increase, surgeons aim to reduce risks

National Public Radio tells the story of 13-year-old Maribel Ramos, a girl with moyamoya disease who underwent pial synangiosis, giving her brain a new blood supply.

Medical Mysteries: What did the boy’s echo reveal?

Help solve the diagnostic puzzle of 4-month-old Rolensky of Haiti, whose heart seemed to be failing—yet showed no visible cardiac abnormality. As described in The Boston Globe, the decision to place the echo probe on his head rather than his heart led to the right solution.

Pencil pulled from tot’s head very, very slowly

This unusual accident—in which a pencil penetrated five inches into 20-month-old’s brain, crossing from one end of the skull to the other—demonstrates the power of advanced brain imaging when combined with a neurosurgeon’s steady hand.

A urine test for brain tumors and CVD?

Ed Smith, MD, is seeking “biomarkers” that show up in urine and can be used to tell whether a brain tumor is coming back, without having to bring the child in for imaging. Smith is now extending this research to monitoring moyamoya disease, arteriovenous malformations and more.

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