Celebrating over 70 aMace cases at Sint-Maartenskliniek

Valerie Vervueren
March 29, 2018

The Sint Maartenskliniek (SMK) in is the only clinic in the Netherlands specializing in posture and movement. Its reputation attracts patients from all over the country, for treatment of simple or complex orthopedic disorders. The clinic’s long-term relationship with Materialise brought them to a significant milestone not so long ago. This is the story of a case that led the way to the 70th aMace case for SMK.

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3D Visualization and Guidance: Transforming Musculoskeletal Trauma Surgery from an Art to a Predictable Craft

Valerie Vervueren
March 19, 2018

Prof. Stefaan Nijs, Chairman of Trauma Surgery at Leuven University Hospital, illustrates in his webinar ‘3D and musculoskeletal trauma’ why 3D-printed implants in post-traumatic surgeries have huge potential to solve dramatic cases which would not have a solution otherwise.

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The Business Case that Started a 3D Lab

Marta Sambaer
February 26, 2018

The North Manchester General Hospital in the UK is building a name for itself with its newly established 3D printing lab. His business case proved to be a very obvious path towards integrating a 3D lab in the hospital. Here’s how he built his case and how his success story developed.

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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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