How Accurately Can Templating Software Predict Implant Sizes?

Anna Marchenko
November 27, 2019

Pre-operative software can highlight issues that may arise during an orthopedic surgery and give accurate predictions on how implants will fit, according to a recent study in the UK.

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Point-of-Care 3D Printing Improves Patient Outcomes at Nemours

Todd Pietila
November 18, 2019

Easily collaborating between teams across the hospital system, better surgical results and achieving true informed consent with patients are just three reasons why Nemours Children’s Hospital uses an in-house 3D printing service.

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Virtual Patients: a reality in orthopedic implant R&D

Julien Deckx
November 14, 2019

Virtual patients have been gaining attention in recent years as a way to augment pre-clinical tests and even clinical trials. While for many applications the concept is still in its infancy, the use of virtual patients has become standard practice in the development process of orthopedic implants.

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UMC Utrecht Is on Forefront of Innovation with Point-of-Care 3D Lab

Todd Pietila
October 24, 2019

Why does the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht in the Netherlands invest in the latest 3D technologies for their craniomaxillofacial (CMF) practice? To bridge the gap between research and the clinic and provide cutting-edge care by delivering 3D planning, 3D design of guides and models, technical support to surgeons, and technical information to patients all in one place.

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3D Printing in Healthcare – Transforming Global Expertise into Local Care

Brigitte de Vet
August 01, 2019

When we think about the impact of 3D printing on the healthcare industry, we mostly think about the product innovations it enables. From today’s reality of 3D printing fully-customized skull implants, to future hopes and promises of printing vital organs. These product innovations build on the fact that 3D printing is an inherently digital manufacturing technology, enabling complex designs and increased functionality. Moreover, 3d printing allows for the creation of patient specific instruments and truly personalized implants that take into account the patient’s unique anatomy. However, the impact of the technology doesn’t end there; 3D printing also enables significant process innovations.

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Why Hospitals Turn to Point-of-Care 3D Printing

Elizabeth Boorman
July 17, 2019

More haptic perception, fully integrating with electronic medical records, and talking to patients without the use of screens are just a few reasons discussed at the 3D Printing in Medicine Course as to why hospitals are turning to Point-of-Care 3D Printing. The event, which took place at the M Museum in Leuven, Belgium, on June 13 and 14, 2019, brought together clinicians, medical imaging specialists, engineers, and other experts involved in turning medical imaging data into anatomical models in hospitals to share learnings, findings, and cases to further the field.

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AI Cuts Number of Changes to Knee Surgery Planning by 50%

Adriaan Lambrechts
July 03, 2019

Surgeons would need to make 50% fewer changes to AI-based pre-operative plans compared to current ones. This is according to a research project we conducted here at Materialise with Dr. Raf De Vloo, an orthopedic surgeon at AZ Klina in Belgium, in which we applied AI-based planning to 193 cases. This technology learns an individual doctor’s preferences for surgical approaches and, based on those, provides higher-quality pre-operative plans.

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How to know if your clinical case is appropriate for 3D printing? Check the RSNA guidelines.

Todd Pietila
June 26, 2019

These guidelines are furthermore influential as they will support new billing codes, called CPT codes, for Point-of-Care 3D Printing, which are due to implemented in July this year. These initial CPT codes make it possible to collect more data on the prevalence of 3D printing and for what cases it is used across U.S. hospitals and will ultimately pave the way for further reimbursement initiatives.

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4C Medical Technologies works with Materialise to Bring Mitral Regurgitation Solution to Market

Sabine Van Canegem
June 14, 2019

4C Medical Technologies is a medical device company working on minimally invasive solutions for structural heart diseases. Vice President of R&D and Operations Dr. Saravana Kumar and his team, are working striving to bring to market an their award-winning AltaValve, an innovative solution to addressing mitral valve regurgitation. Thanks to two delivery options, the device is easy to use and suitable for any anatomy in the patient population.

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How Medical 3D Printing is Gaining Ground in Top Hospitals

Todd Pietila
June 11, 2019

Recently, many hospitals have started making a shift, from using medical images primarily for diagnostic purposes, to integrating them in patient-specific surgical planning. This has created enormous advantages for hospitals and their patients, and is largely supported by the expanding role of the radiologist as imaging expert.

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