19-year-old Krishna from Kochi, India, wasn’t like most teenagers: with a passion for innovation, he had assembled his own 3D printer from a DIY kit. Also unlike most teenagers, Krishna wasn’t able to attend high school. Suffering from a complex congenital heart disease his whole life, Krishna’s frequent attacks of breathlessness kept him away from most normal activities for others of his age, and the problems only kept getting worse with time.
Thanks to major efforts from the Patient and Family Alumni Leadership fundraising group (PALs), Phoenix Children’s Hospital is now 3D printing models for patients as a souvenir of their troublesome medical past, either to cherish as a memento or destroy as a way of coping.
The next stop of our speaker spotlight series brings us to the Mimics® Innovation Summit. No less than 45 biomedical experts will be presenting in 5 tracks, covering the latest advancements in 3D visualization and printing for research and hospital communities.
Approximately 9 in every 1,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect (CDH) making heart defects the most common birth defect. That is just one reason why each year Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) hosts a gala to raise awareness and research money for this disease. This long-standing event attracts more than 400 medical and community leaders and their families in the tri-state area. Proceeds fund innovative research by Columbia University physicians that benefits pediatric cardiology patients locally and around the world.
Nearly every week there’s a story in the news about how 3D Printing is revolutionizing personalized health care. 3D software and models can be used to explain a patient’s condition to families, assist in diagnosing complex pathologies, review surgical planning and even test a procedure before physicians enter the operating room. Four-year-old Adaenelie Gonzalez, sixteen-year-old Bradley White, and others have all been helped thanks to this novel technology.
With medical technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s important to make sure that medical professionals learn and stay up-to-date on all the new techniques that are available. That is why, joining the PCR's initiative, the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) worked hard on illustrating the TAVI procedure as part of the PCR Valve Atlas, a useful reference and training tool for interventionists, surgeons and medical professionals. They contacted Materialise to create 3D-printed models to use for demonstrating the procedure.