Beyond CBCT: from virtual patients to 3D bioprinting in oral healthcare – Presented by Reinhilde Jacobs, KU Leuven

Beyond CBCT: from virtual patients to 3D bioprinting in oral healthcare – Presented by Reinhilde Jacobs, KU Leuven, at the 3D Medical Conference, which will take place on 30-31 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Since the introduction of the first dental CBCT in the nineties, the market has been exponentially growing. Indications are wide and not solely limited to the diagnostic aspects of CBCT. Indeed, the inherent 3D datasets may further allow surgical planning and transfer to surgery via 3Dprinting or navigation. Integrated digital patient information may allow virtual treatment planning treatment in 3 or even 4 dimensions. This currently finds applications in orthodontics, periodontal and maxillofacial surgery, tooth autotransplantation and implant placement. This may revolutionize any surgery and implies the printing of viable tissues, allowing to open up an entirely new era.

About Reinhilde Jacobs
Reinhilde Jacobs is periodontologist, holding a PhD (KU Leuven) & MSc Dental Radiology (Univ London). She is full professor at University of Leuven and visiting professor at Karolinksa Institutet Stockholm and Dalian Medical University. R. Jacobs is coordinating OMFS-IMPATH Research Group (, meanwhile heading the clinical dentomaxillofacial radiology center. She is Secretary General of the International Association of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology and associate editor of Clinical Oral Investigations, European Journal of Oral Implantology, and Oral Radiology. She holds Dr Honoris Causa from “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Cluj-Napoca). She is (co)author of 5 books and > 260 peer-reviewed publications.

About KU Leuven
KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors.

KU Leuven ranks among the best 50 universities worldwide!

About OMFS-IMPATH Research Group
The OMFS-IMPATH research group relates to development and validation of surgical tools and image-based solutions to advance in oromaxillofacial surgery, with an ultimate aim to obtain an optimised treatment outcome while minimizing the peri- and postsurgical risks, such as neurovascular trauma.

In order to achieve this, a global integration of digital datasets will enable the creation of a virtual replica of the patient. This may allow full simulation of the surgery as well as of its expected outcome. While the latter may help to further modify and finetune the planned surgery, the former integrated virtual data may allow presurgical simulations, development of image-based surgical tools and navigation.

3D Medical Printing ConferenceAbout 3D Medical Conference
On January 30-31, 2018, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands, will host a two-day event focused on 3D Medical Printing. Each day has different topics.

Day 1, Jan 30:

Day 2, Jan 31:

The audience, a mix of academics, medical professionals, business, technology, regulation and creatives, will get an excellent overview and insight in the medical tech developments from different perspectives.

Combination tickets are available and can be purchased on any of the conference websites.

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