Dr. Gianpaolo Di Silvestro is the passionate paleontologist and CEO behind Italian company, Trilobite Design Italia. He is a specialist in trilobites, a fossil group of extinct marine arthropods, and his company sells original and model replicas of these fascinating creatures to collectors, institutions and museums around the world.
FEA mesh is the practical application of the finite element method (FEM), nowadays used intensively by engineers and scientists to mathematically model and numerically solve very complex problems in a wide range of applications.
In an effort to eliminate the risks for patients related to cardiovascular procedures, researchers from Duke University in North Carolina have joined the accuracy of 3D Printing technology with the power of a supercomputer. They created and tested a high-quality and realistic simulation of the human body’s blood flow.
The PCR Valve Atlas is a visual atlas covering all aspects of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI). The application, an initiative of PCR, the main reference source for the cardiovascular community, targets intermediate level interventionists and surgeons as well as medical professionals planning to start a TAVI program.
May 19th and 20th marked the first definitive meeting between industry leaders to set a common standard for measuring clinical, economical and patient benefits of Medical 3D Printing. An initiative led by Materialise, in partnership with SME, the event on “Building Evidence for 3D Printing Applications in Medicine” was truly a success, and created the building blocks from which the entire 3D Printing industry will benefit.
For patients with early stages of osteoarthritis, high tibial osteotomy (HTO) can be a useful treatment option. In the closing-wedge version of this operation, a wedge of bone is cut out of the lateral side of the tibia, whereas with the opening-wedge osteotomy, a bone graft is inserted in a cut made on the medial side. Both realign the knee and relieve pressure from the joint. The closing-wedge technique is more common, but recently, the opening-wedge osteotomy has become more popular since it is less invasive and possibly results in less deformity of the proximal tibia.
When you scroll through former posts on this Materialise Medical blog, there are countless examples of the added value of Medical 3D Printing and how the technology is changing the lives of patients everywhere. Those stories make the clinical benefits of 3D Printing clear, and show just how much of an impact this technology has been having on different medical fields. To make it widely available and gain acceptance from hospitals, doctors, users and policymakers, clinical evidence is crucial.
The study of thumb movement has long been hampered by the limitations of conventional motion-capture techniques. To really get underneath the skin of the test subjects, researchers at KU Leuven Kulak turned to medical 3D imaging to view the full range of the hand’s kinematic chain, including the trapeziometacarpal, scaphotrapezial and radioscaphoid joints.
Gender reassignment surgery has come a long way since Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld performed some of the world’s first male-to-female operations in Berlin in the 1930’s. Transsexual men and women are able to reassign their gender with a much higher degree of success than in those early 20th century operations, and the medical field is continuously advancing its possibilities. Mimics Innovation Award winner Dr. Claudio Storck is one such researcher evolving the boundaries of what is possible. A specialist in Otolaryngology, or the field of medicine which deals with the ear, nose and throat region, he has focused his research on improving the outcome of phonosurgery in transgender patients.