Micro-CT Imaging Reconstructs the Tree of Life: Understanding Placental Blood Flow

Sabine Van Canegem
February 14, 2018

We’re pleased to introduce Nikhilesh Bappoo, our first prize winner of the Mimics Innovation Award 2017 APAC region. Nikhilesh developed a bioengineering framework to better understand how evolving blood flow affects the biomechanics of placental vasculature during pregnancy. In his groundbreaking research paper, he explores placental physiology by creating a 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of a rat’s placenta.    

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Medical Imaging Meets 3D Printing

Marta Sambaer
January 24, 2018

Medical 3D Printing is increasingly showing its value in today's healthcare through the contributions it brings. 3D technology used to reconstruct patients' anatomies based on medical images creates unforeseen possibilities that can pave the way towards better patient-specific solutions.

What is 3D Printing? How does it work, how does it apply to medicine? Which technologies are the most suitable for healthcare applications? How can it be integrated in a workflow? What's the investment cost?

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Benefits of 3D-Printed Implants

Fried Vancraen
January 16, 2018

What is the added value of 3D-printed implants for the healthcare sector and its patients? And how does it fit into a regulatory framework? This is how Materialise sees it.

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Our 10 Favorite Blog Posts of 2017

Stephanie Benoit
December 29, 2017

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to look back at the past year to see what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. It was really tough to narrow down our favorite blog posts to just 10 – we’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in so many collaborations, technological innovations and inspirational stories – and we want to share the cream of the crop with you. Read on to discover our favorite stories of 2017!

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Life After Winning A Mimics Innovation Award

Sabine Van Canegem
December 15, 2017

The Materialise Mimics Innovation Awards (MIA) have been acknowledging and rewarding researchers who have excelled in medical innovations since 2005. The competition offers international recognition and a monetary prize that empowers winners to continue their research, regardless of the discipline. Participants come from universities, hospitals, medical device companies and research centers that use the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite software.

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Patient-specific Hip Implant Allows Antzelina to Play with her Son Again

Liesanne Janssens
December 13, 2017

The orthopedics team of the HELIOS Clinic in Hildesheim, Germany, helped improve a patient’s mobility by helping her move freely again, without pain, and by making it possible for her to play with her child. The team, led by Prof. Dr. Burkhard Wippermann, used a 3D-printed patient-specific aMace hip implant made by Materialise.

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Getting Fractured NOF Procedures Right First Time with Digital Templating

Dr. Grant Shaw
November 28, 2017

There are around 70,000 fractured neck of femur (#NOF or broken hip) cases admitted to hospital annually in the UK, about 1.6 million worldwide. It is a serious and potentially life threatening injury in older people and an increasing financial burden on the Health Service. Subcapital fracture is a common type (where the fracture line extends through the junction of the head and neck of femur) and is generally treated with hemiarthroplasty. Getting the surgery right first time is a critical part of the solution, as treating a subcapital neck of femur fracture well can significantly reduce mortality and morbidity as well as reduce associated costs for the hospital.

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Breaking Down 3D Printing Barriers: It Takes a Community

Valerie Vervueren
November 23, 2017

A very present topic in Medical 3D Printing is the regulation and cost of 3D Printing and its use in hospitals. At the Materialise World Summit in April, we had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion with main subject: "3D Printing in Hospitals: Where Are We Heading?" The topics discussed were 3D printing costs, quality and regulation, and the need for clinical proof of the benefits of 3D Printing. During the panel discussion, we used live polls in which the audience could answer a series of questions. Now we would like to know your opinion. 

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Cooperation between Radiology and Orthopedics Results in In-hospital 3D Lab and Anatomical 3D Models

Marta Sambaer
November 22, 2017

The orthopedic department at the AZ Monica Hospital consists of innovation-driven caregivers who believe Medical 3D Printing has become an essential tool to improve patient care. They believe that it should be part of the medical imaging and that close collaboration with the radiology department is therefore essential.

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ISTA 2017: Pre-Clinical Virtual Testing and Finite Element Modeling is Gaining Traction with Engineers, Surgeons and Regulators

Sjoerd Kolk
November 21, 2017

The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) is one of the leading international conferences about innovation in orthopedics. One of the best aspects about the conference is the mix of orthopedic surgeons, academics and representatives from the industry, who come together for fruitful discussions about new and ongoing topics in arthroplasty. We look back at the highlights and the insights we gained.

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