3D Printing in Medicine Course: The Lectures You Should Not Miss

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Behind each groundbreaking technology is an active network of pioneers advancing innovation, and 3D Printing in medicine is no exception. As this technology is becoming increasingly popular and a growing number of hospitals is deploying point-of-care 3D printing facilities, being part of the leading professional network and having access to the latest knowledge sharing is essential. Following a successful first edition in the United States, Materialise hosted a 3D Printing in Medicine Course in Europe in June 2018 to empower the network during an inspirational two-day event. 

3D printing in medicine participants looking at 3D anatomical models

Proven tips on how to implement 3D planning and 3D printing in hospitals

Dr. Philipp Brantner (University Hospital of Basel, Clinic of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Switzerland) outlined the stages required to successfully deploy a 3D Lab in your hospital, starting from finding the relevant partner to proceeding with an interdisciplinary setup. According to Dr. Brantner, the workflow steps from image acquisition to 3D-printed anatomical model should be clearly defined and include, amongst others, the KPI, validation procedures, and monitoring. Additionally, the choice of a suitable 3D printer and suitable funding strategy play a key role in setting up a successful 3D Lab. Start implementing and scaling up in-house 3D Printing in your hospital by listening to this presentation

Prof. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas (Plastic Surgery University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) aims to adequately answer the question ‘How can we introduce 3D Planning and 3D Printing in our daily lives?’ In order to find the answer, he zoomed in on every single step of the workflow to point out all relevant considerations and pitfalls.

Is it worth investing in setting up a 3D Lab in the hospital? Is the 3D medical software you would implement to segment and create a 3D model CE-marketed? What about sterilizing the 3D-printed parts you’ll need in the OR? Additionally, Prof. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas pointed out the importance of combining soft tissue data, such as the perforator vessel location, with CT images. Moreover, he used hands-on cases of performed cases involving slow-growing tumors. Finally, Prof. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas highlighted the benefits of in-house Point-of-care 3D printing when dealing with malignant tumor cases. Explore these and more benefits in the lecture available online.

These were the first case where we saw how the precision of the surgery changed. … Things get just more precise and the operation time gets shorter.

— Prof. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas

Panel of experts on 3D printing in medicine answering questions from course participants

The critical role of 3D planning and 3D printing in orthopaedics and CMF

This topic was presented on by several expert speakers showing how implementing 3D technology enabled a 3D preoperative planning, which, in turn, contributed to a more predictive patient outcome in complex cases.

To demonstrate the added value of 3D-printed anatomical models when dealing with CMF reconstruction cases, Joep Kraeima (The University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands) shared the steps required to go from medical scan to surgical planning while evaluating the different treatment approaches. Next, Mr. Kraeima added a detailed workflow of a mandibular reconstruction using a patient’s fibula following the resection of a tumor. 

His lecture also shows how to combine MRI and CT scans in different steps of a workflow that is already being successfully applied on a daily basis in their 3D lab framework. Moreover, Mr. Kraema’s approach can be of great inspiration as it can actually be applied in various medical areas. You can listen to this lecture here.

This workflow makes the patient’s outcome very predictable. You are almost always certain that you’ll get the tumor out of the bone entirely.

— Mr. Joep Kraeima

People networking between lectures at the 3D Printing in Medicine Course
3D Printing in Medicine Course - Networking

The Critical Role of 3D Planning and 3D Printing in the Cardiovascular Field

Prof. Dr. Mario Carminati (IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milan, Italy) and Dr. Adam Kolesnik (Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland) shared clinical examples of how 3D medical modeling can advance the complex congenital heart disease treatment and structural heart defects and how this technology can enable a patient-specific approach. You can listen to their lectures again here

The advantage of 3D printing model is all about teaching, the exploration of valve vessel function, the morphologic analysis of congenital heart defects, the preoperative planning of complex cases, and so much more.

— Dr. Prof. Mario Carminati

The critical role of 3D planning and 3D printing in urology

The benefits of 3D printing applied in urology were presented by keynote speaker Mr. Pankaj Chandak (Great Ormond Street and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom), who successfully performed an adult kidney transplant into a toddler’s body with the help of a 3D-printed anatomy model. Read the full story here.

Mrs. Nicole Wake demonstrated in her presentation [link to her presentation] how medical 3D printing can enhance surgical planning while improving patient communication for preoperative planning for kidney and prostate cancer cases. She illustrated her examples with several studies she has actively been involved in.

Man viewing 3D anatomical models in VR
Group of attendees listening during a 3D Printing in Medicine course

Hack: find the latest updates in medical 3D printing

The secret hack for keeping up with innovation is to be part of the innovation. This means staying informed and getting first-hand updates from pioneers and leading experts in the field of 3D Printing in Medicine. Sign up for our newsletter today to receive the latest information on upcoming events, new blog posts, and other useful updates that can enable you to advance your 3D anatomical modeling projects.  

3D Printing in Medicine participants looking at a display of 3D-printed anatomical models

Disclaimer: In these mentioned cases, Materialise was the provider of the medical software [Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite, Mimics inPrint and ProPlan CMF], the 3D Planning and 3D Printed Patient-Specific surgical guides and implants.

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