Better preparation equals better outcomes.
It’s as simple and self-evident as that.
“If one picture is worth a thousand words, one patient-specific 3D printed anatomy replica could be worth an entire textbook.”
Who uses our services?
3D-printed anatomy models are proving invaluable in facilitating patient understanding of prospective surgeries and procedures. In a recent study at the Tulane School of Medicine, researchers found that through the preoperative use of 3D medical models, patients and their families verbally expressed improved comprehension of the size, location, and the intended surgical intervention. In addition to the positive feedback from the patients, trainees (particularly those earlier in their careers) demonstrated improved understanding of the characteristics of the tumor when questioned by surgeons. [www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24962843]
Pre-Surgical Planning & In-Surgery Reference Aid
Whether used as a surgical planning aid or for reference during actual operations, the advantages of medical 3D printing are clear:
It enables surgeons to more effectively pinpoint the optimal therapeutic approach and perform a preparatory “reconnaissance” of the targeted anatomical area
It provides a more true-to-life model (various materials and color-coding to better simulate live-tissue characteristics)
Surgeons can now gain the benefit of an unobstructed 3D patient-specific view of hidden tissues and blood vessels (this can be further augmented via color-coding, model hollowing, etc.)
It empowers surgeons with a more accurate pre-knowledge of the physical, spatial, and tactile characteristics of the area involved
Patient-Specific Tools & Guides
Patient-specific 3D models can significantly improve surgical outcomes because, in the real world, one size does NOT fit all. Patient-customized procedure kits can also allow surgeons to operate with a greater degree of ease and confidence with:
More accurate cuts, thanks to customized molds and cutting guides
Faster surgery times and better outcomes with customized surgical tools
Ensured use of sterilizable, biocompatible material
The University of Tokyo Hospital recently completed a small test project that created artificial bones using medical 3D printing.
Plastic surgeons are now using 3D printers to create masks of faces requiring prosthetic noses or ears. Patients no longer have to endure plaster casting over their faces.
Prostheses, Implants, Reconstructive
Parts, Regenerative Parts, And More . . .
Mediprint can augment and expedite the development of low-cost prosthetics for patients who have suffered amputation or who were born without a certain body part. Designing such prosthetics requires extensive technical expertise, and we can work closely with reconstructive surgeons to do so. Since the prosthetics are designed based on the individual patient’s anatomy, we can ensure a perfect fit every time.
To date, medical researchers have been able to 3D print ear and bone tissue and various muscle tissues. It is generally agreed that within the very near future, this technology could revolutionize the way in which surgical replacements and transplants. With 3D printed body parts, patients will not have to wait as long for much-needed organ transplants.
Educators need cost-effective, adaptable physical models that closely replicate human anatomy to facilitate comprehensive training for a range of clinical scenarios.
Our enhanced models can help medical educators take advantage of clinically relevant, high-impact training models from real human anatomy. These models reduce limitations by enabling medical schools and hospitals to train physicians in any environment, and closely simulate real human tissue properties without the need for cadavers and animals.
Medical research requires multiple professionals to be able to take an in-depth look at models from the relevant anatomical area before experimenting on actual human organs and tissues. Because of the cost of typical medical models, hospitals and research centers often avoid using them in situations that could potentially damage them, which hampers research and increases cost. By using Mediprint-refined 3D models, researchers can create low-cost anatomically accurate models of almost any part of the body. This allows them to custom-make models for use in research experiments, clinical trials, and essential lab tests.
Please contact us for more information on how Mediprint
patient image data enhancement/repair services can support your medical 3D printing objectives.
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