Accuracy of 3D printed models – Presented by Sohaib Shujaat, KU Leuven

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Accuracy of 3D printed models – Presented by Sohaib Shujaat, KU Leuven

Printing has revolutionized the dental industry during the past decade and become an integral part of digital dentistry. However, little is known about the accuracy of the 3D printed models.

The aim of the presentation is to evaluate the objective accuracy of 3D printed models using various materials and printers. I will share the findings related to the accuracy of 3D printed models of teeth, impacted third molars, cortical and medullary bone. Continue reading “Accuracy of 3D printed models – Presented by Sohaib Shujaat, KU Leuven”

3D-Printed Model of Cerebral Blood Vessels Helps Surgeons Plan Life-Saving Operation

A 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman’s brain has helped surgeons practise life-saving surgery.

The surgeons needed to operate to correct a weakness, or aneurysm, in a blood vessel inside the patient’s head.

Scans of the aneurysm revealed that the usual approach surgeons would take to fix it would not have worked. Continue reading “3D-Printed Model of Cerebral Blood Vessels Helps Surgeons Plan Life-Saving Operation”

Fortuitous Match: Research and Additive Manufacturing

An adolescent girl has now joined a special group of three baby boys and one baby girl who’ve received 3D-printed tracheal splints to treat a congenital breathing condition called tracheobronchomalasia (TBM).  All five continue to thrive thanks to the surgical procedures that helped their collapsed airways function normally and saved their lives. Continue reading “Fortuitous Match: Research and Additive Manufacturing”

3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care

Following a bilateral lung transplant, a patient at Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute developed an unusual bronchomalacia. He struggled with recurring pneumonia and had trouble clearing secretions.

An airway stent became necessary, but standard devices would not suffice. A stent of the proper length and diameter – designed with a tapered end, to match the patient’s anatomy – did not exist. Continue reading “3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care”

Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain

A Saskatoon neurosurgeon has managed to print a 3D replica of a patient’s brain.

Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, worked with a team of engineers to produce the model. It’s an exact replica of a specific patient’s brain, and he says it will let him practice surgeries.

‘I feel that in the next 20, maybe 25 years, we will be able to print biological materials. We may be able to print organs.’ – Dr. Ivar Mendez Continue reading “Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain”

3-D printing is rapidly becoming a part of surgical planning: 300 prints, 16 specialties and counting

3-D printing is rapidly becoming a part of surgical planning. Since July 2013, Boston Children’s Hospital’s 3-D printing service, part of the Simulator Program, has received about 200 requests from 16 departments around the hospital. It’s generated a total of about 300 prints, most of them replicating parts of the body to be operated on. Continue reading “3-D printing is rapidly becoming a part of surgical planning: 300 prints, 16 specialties and counting”

Researchers Develop New Technique to 3D-Print Heart Models Based on MRI Scans

Heart surgery might be one of the most worrying medical procedures patients ever have to undergo, but in the future we could feel considerably safer in the knowledge that surgeons have already planned the operation beforehand – using a highly realistic, personalised 3D model of the blood-pumping organ in question. Continue reading “Researchers Develop New Technique to 3D-Print Heart Models Based on MRI Scans”