Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) occur in 5 to 9% of the population over the age of 65 years and transmural aneurysm rupture is the 10th most common cause of death in the industrialized world. Dr. Bram Trachet, post-doctoral researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, explores novel high-resolution imaging techniques as well as image-guided histology to visualize experimental aneurysms in laboratory animals. In 2015, he won a Mimics Innovation Award for his research on the morphology of abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice infused with angiotensin II. The essence of his paper will be presented in this blog post.
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.
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.
Both surgical planning and medical 3D Printing are providing surgeons with more options for the surgical treatment of hip patients. With complex hip revision surgery in mind, we recently organized a webinar to present the range of planning and patient-specific surgical solutions offered by Materialise. These include X-ray based planning, 3D-printed anatomical models, and patient-specific surgical guides and implants. We also refer to this as the Materialise Hip Continuum.
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.
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.
We had the opportunity here at Materialise Malaysia to start off 2016 by living up to the Materialise motto: working towards a better and healthier world. With the help of some talented and generous people, I was able to make a real difference in a wonderful little boy’s life, with a 3D-printed hand. But between the original inspiration to do this, and the final, happy, day when Padmaloshn tried on his new hand for the first time, lay months of dedicated effort by various people. This is how we created Padmaloshn’s new 3D-printed hand.
A 47-year-old woman in West Palm Beach, Florida, needed to undergo a nephrectomy to remove a renal mass. The urologist working on her case requested a 3D-printed model of the patient’s kidney to better understand the mass anatomy with respect to the renal hilum.
A few years ago, Tan Seng Yam developed a swelling near his jaw. Dentists and doctors assured him that it didn’t seem to be critical, so Seng Yam wasn’t worried—yet. But then it kept growing, for the next five to seven years. That’s a long time to live with discomfort, and eventually it worsened to the point that Seng Yam was unable to eat. That’s when he consulted a specialist, who recognized that the condition was in fact serious: the swelling was the result of a tumor in Seng Yam’s jawbone.