Specialist spine surgeons at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool used medical 3D Printing in preparation for a life-changing surgery. The patient in question was an eight-year-old from Wales with kyphoscoliosis, a complex congenital spinal problem. The surgeons modeled and printed her spine in 3D, giving them a much better oversight for the procedure.
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.
Michael Slag was suffering from a growing Pancoast tumor, a rare type of lung cancer. As it intertwined with several critical nerves and blood vessels, surgical tumor resection was complicated as the functioning of his arm could be damaged. To reduce this risk and keep the intervention minimally-invasive, the surgical team at Mayo Clinic used Materialise Mimics software to convert the MRI and CT scans to a 3D-printable model of the tumor and the surrounding tissue and ribs. On the model they could observe exactly how the tumor was wrapped around several of Michael’s critical nerves and blood vessels.
As we saw in parts one and two of this series, 3D Printing has enormous potential for hospitals, but it requires software tools and know-how. In this final chapter, we discuss the hardware options, as well as the need for an efficient communications process.
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.
As we saw in the first part of this series, there are several considerations to take into account before implementing 3D Printing in your hospital. In this post we will discuss in further detail how you can create an accurate file for 3D Printing. We’ve already covered image processing so here are three more potential problems that you might face, along with the strategies to overcome them.
Warning: A deeply personal blog post ahead! For more than 5 years, Materialise has been spoiling me with incredible experiences; from seeing mummies being brought to life on truly Mammoth 3D printers, to attending Haute Couture fashion shows in Paris, to hanging out with National Geographic photographers, and so much more. And of course, there is also the daily and humbling thrill of working with intimidatingly smart colleagues, often working on projects that improve, and even save, lives. However, the experience of taking a 3D-printed, life-sized copy of my twisted spine out of a bed of powder topped them all – and is an opportunity that I hope could have a positive impact on my quality of life in the years to come.
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.
After years of lobbying, the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, finally gained permission to recreate the world’s only 3D copy of Ötzi, the mummified ‘Iceman’ discovered in the Tyrolean Alps by a pair of hikers in 1991. Renowned paleo artist Gary Staab reached out to Materialise to make the project a reality, and worked closely with Eric Renteria, our very own application engineer. Here is a detailed report of how he recreated a life-sized model of the world-famous Iceman.
Over the past 20 years, 3D Printing has emerged as a disruptive technology in the healthcare field — it’s been used to create custom devices and instruments, plan complex medical procedures, and to better train future medical professionals. As the accessibility to the technology increases, hospitals are beginning to adopt 3D Printing programs within their own institutions, aiming to reduce lead times for 3D-printed models and to build knowledge internally. But along with the tremendous potential of 3D Printing, there are also significant challenges to its widespread adoption. Where should you start? Here are the questions you need to answer while you consider getting started with 3D Printing in your hospital.