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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Better workflow efficiency, costs savings and more accurate preoperative planning with Materialise OrthoView

Clare Satterly
April 23, 2019

Performing more than 45 planned surgeries a month, Dr. Levine has gathered plenty of data to analyze the benefits of using OrthoView for preoperative planning.

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A Day in the Life of a Materialise Clinical Engineer

Aura Farrando
March 20, 2019

Jorn was a Biomedical Engineering graduate who decided to take part in the Future Innovators Day to get a sneak peek into jobs and life at Materialise. A few months later, he walked through the door of Materialise again to start work as a Clinical Engineer. 

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Trendspotter 2019: Keep an Eye on Hospitals 3D Printing at the Point-of-Care

Todd Pietila
January 29, 2019

2018 was a big year for Point-of-Care 3D printing, with thousands of patients helped and major milestones achieved. We expect this trend to continue in 2019, further increasing access to 3D printing for clinicians and enabling more patients to benefit.

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“3D printing is our ‘weapon of choice’ for rare and complex medical cases”

Elizabeth Boorman
January 21, 2019

Deakin University in Australia has become the go-to place for local hospitals to discover solutions for their most complex cases and get a glimpse of what a hospital of the future could look like. Leading the front at Deakin’s School of Engineering is Dr. Mazher Iqbal Mohammed, who is working to come up with everything from clinical solutions like tailor-made ear prostheses to science fiction-like technology such as a mask that can minimize radiation dosages in radiotherapy treatments. He says the thing to look out for next is automating the process to make so-called “just-in-time solutions” and to add other technologies into the mix – from sensors and electronics to AI and machine learning.

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