Why start with 3D Printing?
The creation of custom devices tailored for specific patient needs is made possible by revolutionary technology. 3D Printing allows hospitals to stay innovative by adding an additional layer of patient-specific care to their offering, and gives them a competitive edge.
Dr. Brantner highlighted the hospital's motivation behind implementing 3D Printing. Keeping a 3D printing lab in-house has its internal advantages, he says. There's no dependency on external service providers, and no need to wait for the delivery of a newly printed product.
He also made it very clear that having an in-hospital 3D printing lab greatly improved patient care and outcomes at the Basel University Hospital. There's increased understanding of complex anatomical relationships which can bring positive effect on saving surgical time. Patient education, as well as the education and procedure training of medical students and residents are also major benefits.
Furthermore, cooperation has notably improved within the surgical teams that use the 3D-printed models. Communication between surgeons and radiologists begins earlier, before the model is printed, says Dr. Brantner. A referring physician can view the 3D-printed model and discuss the preferred course of action with the radiologist in more detail. This more efficient collaboration expands opportunities towards all disciplines within the hospital.