3D Printing Medical Application

This five-years-old girl has a serious problem with her heart. Mia has a rare heart malformation diagnosed as a double aortic arch, a condition in which the airflow is restricted by the vascular ring wrapping around the trachea or esophagus.

How 3D printing could help Mia?

The doctors at Miami Children’s Hospital decided to use a 3D printed model of the heart to explore possible solutions before the next surgery began with the hopes that being able to hold and manipulate a 3D printed model of the heart would help map out certain complex components prior to surgery.
“By making a 3D model of her very complex aortic arch vessels, we were able to further visualize which part of her arch should be divided to achieve the best physiological result,” said Burke. “It’s very powerful when you show a family ‘this is your baby’s heart and this is how I’m going to repair it.” Said Dr. Redmond Burke, the director of Pediatric Vascular Surgery and the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, who solved the heart problem of the girl.  
We are extremely happy to report that Adanelie’s surgery was successful and she has been released from the hospital. 

Some technical information about it.

Which technology they have chosen to print it?
They have chosen Polyjet technology because Polyjet has the ability to combine multiple textures and materials types in a single print.

Benefits of 3D printing medical applications

Benefits to Physicians

By producing a concise visual summary from cross-sectional exams, 3D imaging can:
  • Create studies that are faster and easier to read         
  • Facilitate diagnoses, treatment and surgical planning          
  • Increase clinical productivity  
Benefits to Patients 

With no added demand on a patient's time during an exam, 3D imaging can: 
  • Improve diagnostic confidence          
  • Replace more invasive and expensive diagnostic procedures, reducing risk of complications          
  • Minimize exploratory surgery        
  • Facilitate non-invasive surgical planning          
  • Reduce operating time         
  • Minimize damage to healthy tissue by targeting the treatment area         
  • Serve as a easy-to-read visuals for patient education and communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Just for you know:

Considering the idea of 3D printing a human organ still sounds like it belongs to the world of science fiction, the technology is making great strides. In 2014, printed body parts made up sales in excess of $500 million around the world. 

  • Rapidsol
  • 22/10/2015

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