Benefits of 3d printed medical model

According to a press released issued by Dubai Health Authority, on 12 of July 2017, doctors saved the life of 60-year-old Omani women by use of 3d printable models. The old woman was suffering from a cerebral aneurysm. It is actually a cerebrovascular disorder in which there is a weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery, causing a localized dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel.

She was brought to Rashid hospital, Dubai as she suffered brain hemorrhage. Instead of one as in most cases, four of her veins was suffering from a cerebral aneurysm as shown by X-Ray scan, told by the consultant Dr Abdullah Qasim.   Because of complexity and rarity of this case, the medical panel decided to go for a 3D printed medical model to understand the safe mode of reaching the exact artery. This helps the panel to avoid surgical complexities as they can’t image a problem exactly without a 3D printed medical model, added by Dr Abdullah. The Surgery was done successfully and now the patient is recovering well as indicated by CT scan and MRI test, told by Dr Qasim Here are some benefits of pre surgical 3D printed medical models of body organs

The Surgery was done successfully and now the patient is recovering well as indicated by CT scan and MRI test, told by Dr Qasim Here are some benefits of pre surgical 3D printed medical models of body organs

Benefits of pre-surgical 3D printed medical model.

Reaching toward an accurate diagnosis

3D representations are created by taking CT scan and MRI of desired part of body. These 3D printed medical models help the doctor and surgeons get more information about the trauma or infection. Consultants can analyses the defected part from any angle virtually or physically by these models.

Determining the best treatment

After diagnosis, the medical panel can decide the best treatment for the patient. High-resolution 3D printed medical model gives more information than an ordinary 2D radiograph. Founder of Axial3D,  Daniel said, “Having access to a tangible, scale model of what is inside the patient allows surgeons to visualize and explore the ailment or injury in real space and reach a much more comprehensive understanding of their patient’s injuries and to determine the optimal treatment for each diagnosis.”

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Axial3D founder Daniel Crawford (left) and co-founder Mark Stewart (right)

Pre-surgical Practice

These 3D printed models not only help the surgeon to go for best treatment and decide the surgical planning, they also help the doctor to practice for operation. As said practice makes the man perfect, it decreases the chance of error and reduces the rate of complications and infections. More over it decrease the time of real surgery as surgeon is already used to it.

Research related to 3D renal model

medical model of kidneyIn a research based on 3D printed kidney model, led by Dr. Nicole Wake at the New York University School of Medicine different treatment approach was adopted. These renal models were fabricated based on MRI scans and Materialize, a 3D modeling company helps in this regard. First, each surgeon proposed treatment plan based on medical scan only. In the second step, each surgeon presented a plan with a 3D model of

First, each surgeon proposed treatment plan based on medical scan only. In the second step, each surgeon presented a plan with a 3D model of

In the second step, each surgeon presented a plan with a 3D model of kidney in his hand. In the third step, the surgeon panel discussed their plan of treatment with and without 3D printed medical model and finally proposed the best solution. It was observed, having a 3D model in hand lead to

In the third step, the surgeon panel discussed their plan of treatment with and without 3D printed medical model and finally proposed the best solution. It was observed, having a 3D model in hand lead to dramatical change in surgical strategy.

Operation based on 3D printed heart

medical model of heartRecently, According to CTV News, Canada, Cardiologist practice on a 3D printed medical model of patient heart before operating six-month-old Xavier D’Auteuil, in Toronto.  Using scan of patient heart, the doctors have created a detailed sketch and then printed it for practice. “Now they know exactly what they are going to do because they have seen the heart already without even opening his chest,” said Marie-Pierre D’Auteuil, Xavier’s mother.

Conclusion.

Till now, the 3D modeling of the body organ is an expensive procedure which can cost up to 500$ per model, and doctor requires several models before going to operation theater. On the other hand, it reduced the risk of operation being failed and it makes surgical operation safe and secure.   For further study related to the value of 3D printing, click here.

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