Showing results tagged with "Cardiovascular"

Stent Struts in Sidewall Cerebral Aneurysm Can Reduce the Flow Velocity Twice

Sandrine Debecker
April 18, 2016

Stent-assisted coil embolization (SACE) is widely accepted for the endovascular treatment of wide-neck or complex cerebral aneurysms. Dr. Kenichi Kono and his team at the Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital of Kanagawa in Japan have assessed and compared the hemodynamic effect of stent struts and straightening of vessels. They tested out the effects of stent placement on reducing flow velocity in sidewall cerebral aneurysms with the goal of reducing recanalization rates. Thanks to this groundbreaking study, Dr. Kono was the Global Mimics Innovation Award winner in 2015.

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Gaining a Better Understanding of LAA Closure through 3D Printing

Sandrine Debecker
April 15, 2016

Despite careful planning, the complex dimensions of the left atrial appendage (LAA) and its variable morphology can result in procedural failure. To make their pre-operative planning even more thorough, a team of Australian physicians from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney turned to medical 3D Printing. The team created an exact replica of a patient's heart while planning a LAA closure procedure with a Boston Scientific Watchman™ device.

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Anatomy Education at its Best: Printing and Painting Replicas of Donor Hearts

Julie Maes
April 12, 2016

What do donor hearts and 3D Printing have in common? The answer to this is the University of Minnesota’s Visible Heart® Lab. Not content with simply teaching their students with 2D images, the team at the lab has moved their academic approach to a whole new level: 3D models of real human hearts. Imagine being able to train as a surgeon with a complete, tangible heart model, as opposed to learning off paper! And imagine acquiring the skills to make 3D models for any operation you might perform throughout your career? Here’s how Materialise enables the Visible Heart Lab’s unique approach to teaching, education and research.

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Medical 3D Printing - The Heart of the Matter in Cardiology

Sandrine Debecker
March 31, 2016

Interview with Werner Budts, MD, PhD - Cardiologist at University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium Prof. Werner Budts can be considered one of the primary advocates on the implementation of 3D Printing in cardiology. For quite some time, he has been turning his digital image data into printable 3D models, using his own desktop 3D printer. The Materialise team visited him to discuss his vision about Medical 3D Printing in hospitals.

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First Renal Artery Aneurysm Surgery Planned Using a 3D-Printed Model

Alex M
March 15, 2016

37-year-old Sneha Cipriano discovered she had a large renal artery aneurysm located near the back of her right kidney. This type of aneurysm is extremely rare and is usually found in young women who have had multiple pregnancies. As large aneurysms are more in danger of rupturing, and as a ruptured aneurysm can be life-threatening, it was important to repair it with a surgical graft as soon as possible. However, the position of the aneurysm on the split of the renal artery meant that operating on it with minimal risk would be quite difficult.

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PICS-CSI Asia 2016 Highlights: 3D Innovations Making Their Way to Asia

Julie Maes
March 10, 2016

Materialise recently attended PICS-CSI Asia, the leading conference on congenital, structural and valvar heart diseases. Here is an account of some of the trends our team picked up on.

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Using Lifelike 3D Models to Train for Complex Pediatric Surgery

Liesbeth Kemel
March 08, 2016

At the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, the cardiovascular surgery division led by Dr. Glen Van Arsdell is using 3D-printed models to train new surgeons before they perform complex pediatric surgery. This solution resolves a dire need for proper training and practice, which is often limited to practicing on organ donations or animals.

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Live Case at PICS-CSI Asia: Fuwai Hospital Cardiologist Uses 3D-Printed TAVI Model

Sandrine Debecker
March 02, 2016

Fuwai Hospital in Beijing is China’s largest hospital devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Amongst other facilities, the hospital houses 962 beds, 19 OR’s, 11 cath labs and 2 hybrid-operation rooms. Besides, the institution is becoming the top 3D Printing center nationwide for complex cardiovascular applications. This year, Fuwai hospital will perform live cases for PICS-CSI Asia, the leading conference about congenital, structural and valvar interventions. In order to prepare for a complex Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) case, Dr. Yongjian Wu, Interventional Cardiologist and Head of Cardiology at Fuwai, relied on the expertise of Materialise and validated process.

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How Effective Are 3D-Printed Models When Preparing for Surgery?

Sandrine Debecker
February 04, 2016

3D-printed models of cardiovascular anatomy can be used to improve planning, education and training, but how effective are these models when preparing for surgery? Laszlo Kiraly, PhD, pediatric cardiac surgeon at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, United Arab Emirates, and his team have recently published a case report in the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery journal about the benefits of 3D-printed anatomical replicas.

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Disease Modeling: In-Vivo Aneurysm Analysis in 3D

Liesbeth Kemel
January 25, 2016

An interesting application of 3D Printing & visualization software is disease modeling. For example, the development of aortic aneurysms, life-threatening dilations of the aorta, is affected by a wide range of environmental and genetic factors. Therefore, aortic aneurysms are difficult to study clinically and experimentally. A team of researchers at the University of Rochester, New York, including Dr. Ankur Chandra, Associate Professor of surgery and biomedical engineering and a practicing vascular surgeon himself, took the challenge.

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