3D Printing in Surgery and Voxel Printing

presented by Nicholas Jacobson, University of Colorado Denver

3d printing has a large domain of uses for Surgery, from pre-surgical planning to custom tool design. To be successful this work involves a process of collaboration to put the ability of solving problems in the hand of surgeons.

We will cover numerous applications of 3d printing tips for collaborating for surgery involving Pediatric Cardiothoracic, Interventional Cardiology, Neurology, Vascular, Live Liver Transplants, and Oncology.

These applications all require new and novel techniques, we will cover the development of custom design tools and innovative printing techniques focused around ultra-high resolution multi-material voxel printing.

program: https://3dmedicalconference.com/program/

Interview

What drives you?
Turning people on to design. It is exciting to see someone understand they do not need to adapt to poor design and that they can create solutions that help them and more importantly, their patients.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
You should attend this presentation if you are a surgeon, radiologist, or designer looking to incorporate 3d printing into your surgical practice. This presentation will cover many of the issues and opportunities of 3d printing for Surgery.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Multi-material Voxel 3d printing. This allows us to print, down to 18 micron, droplet by droplet. When trying to replicate the human body or to tune a model to higher levels of precision, Voxel printing is proving to be a powerful tool.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
I expect voxel printing to eliminate the need for segmentation and to provide the opportunity for more realistic modes. Additionally, this technique allows for the incorporation of additional data types such as 4d flow and FEA incorporated into models to better inform. In the future, once better bio-compatible materials become available, implanting models from this technique will extend into ‘functional’ parts (e.g. heart valves) due to the ability to blend varying densities across the models. Finally, I believe that these models will be as common place as MRI/CT scans for reading patient data prior to Surgery.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
We need better imaging, this printing technique allows for higher resolution models than images. Since our models are derived from images CT/MRI scans need to come in at a higher resolution.

“Special quote”
The magic of 3D printing is that ideas can be prototyped quickly and inexpensively, making it easier to test out new concepts and ideas, which puts the power of innovation directly in the hands of those who have the best understanding of the problems that need to be solved.

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