Michael Forbes February 25, 2021


7 Ways 3D Planning Can Support Your LAAO Procedure

Not all 3D is the same

The medical sector and particularly cardiovascular, are also tapping into innovative technology to deliver personalized and predictive planning to support clinicians in providing better care for their patients. However, not all planning tools are equal or even using the same technology.

Mimics Enlight recently released the new LAAO planner, joining their TMVR workflow. The two workflows assist in creating clear pre-procedural plans with the use of 3D planning. This allows clinicians to plan and truly measure in 3D as opposed to 2D planning with volume rendering for visualization purposes only. Professor Nicholas Van Mieghem, the Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology at Erasmus UMC, explains, “The anatomical appreciation is crucially different between conventional CT and with 3D planning. We added so much more granularity to our understanding using the 3D planning."

New technology is supporting treatments in ways that help mitigate the risk for patients and improve efficiency. Read on to find out what the new LAAO planner can do for you using this technology.

1. Enhanced 3D visualization

Instantly gain an accurate understanding of the LAA anatomy in 3D. You’ll be able to easily assess the relationship between the LAA and surrounding structures with comprehensive visualization and measurements directly in 3D.


The anatomical appreciation is crucially different between conventional CT and with 3D planning. We added so much more granularity to our understanding using the 3D planning.
- Prof. Nicolas Van Mieghem, Interventional Cardiology, Erasmus University Medical Center

2. Landing zone assessment in 3D

You’ll be able to simply indicate the LAA ostium and landing zone on CT or directly on the interactive 3D model and automatically receive accurate area measurements. Visualize and adapt the area in 3D with automatic measurements updates so you can properly assess what you’re going into with the procedure.

3. Automatic appendage depth measurement

Assessing the appendage depth with the intuitive automatic depth measurement tool will be an easy process. Accurately measure the appendage depth by planning in 3D and receiving real-time updated depth measurements as you adjust your planning.

Screenshot of the automatic depth measurement in Mimics Enlight software

Automatic appendage depth measurement in action using the Mimics Enlight software.

4. Virtual implantation

Selecting the correct device and illuminating challenging delivery pathways is straightforward by using enhanced 3D visualization. Indicative simulation of device delivery will provide you with an understanding of device feasibility and implant fit.

5. Online case sharing

Connect with your heart team on procedural plans with one-click report generation and virtual case sharing with Mimics Viewer. The online platform is optimized for desktop and mobile users and allows the receiver to view your 3D patient models, planning, and device designs at their convenience via a user-friendly interface.

Screenshot of the Mimics Viewer, a dedicated online case sharing tool

Evaluate your planning in your dedicated online case sharing tool: Mimics Viewer.

6. Virtual reality

Enhance your virtual experience with Mimics Viewer by exploring your case in VR. You’ll be able to truly appreciate the three-dimensional structure.

Viewing the case using virtual reality in Mimics Enlight software

Viewing the case using virtual reality.

7. 3D printing

Be able to physically assess implantation and catheter feasibility for complex cases by using an accurate 3D-printed copy of your patient’s anatomy. This is made possible by easily exporting your planning for 3D printing at the Point-of-Care or by using Materialise’s HeartPrint service.


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