At the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mansour AlJufan and his team are treating patients with structural and congenital heart defects. They are committed to provide the highest level of specialized healthcare to their patients. Dr. AlJufan recognized early on that 3D-printed models of a patient’s anatomy could greatly assist in planning complex interventional procedures.
Cardiovascular experts at Materialise used the Mimics® Innovation Suite software to create patient-specific Right Ventricular Outflow Tract (RVOT) models that were then 3D-printed. The anatomical models were used to prepare and explain three cases which were transmitted live at the PICS-AICS 2014 symposium in Chicago.
“Not only were we able to perform a novel large-size valve implantation, but we could also cut down procedure time, shorten the recovery time and avoid an open heart surgery. Even though it was the first time we performed this kind of procedure, we felt confident. We now realize that this technology needs to be integrated in our cardiovascular treatment of structural heart disease.”
– Dr. Mansour AlJufan,King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Saudi Arabia
The Future of 3D Printing for Cath Labs
A growing number of cath labs is using 3D-printed models to prepare for their complex procedures. The beauty of 3D cardiac imaging and 3D Printing is that one can capture the anatomy at any point of the cardiac cycle and print both extremes from systole to diastole, as well as anywhere in between. Following Great Ormond Street Hospital and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, King Faisal Specialist Hospital is one of the first centers to integrate this technology in treating structural heart disease outside the USA. Simulation of structural interventions helps in device fitting, improves accuracy and shortens the procedure time. It has the potential of personalized intracardiac device manufacturing.