Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Heart surgeons utilise 3D printing technology

Heart surgeons and Mechanical Engineers at the Children's National Pediatric Institute for Surgical Innovation recently 3D Printed a polyjet version of a patient's heart using a Connex 500.

The patient suffered stenosis, or narrowing of the passage between two heart chambers, and the 3D printed heart was able to help surgeons accurately evaluate which kind and size of stent should be fitted and also the best access path for the procedure.

Laura Olivieri, a Pediatric Cardiologist said, "There is still so much we need to learn about this new technology. Right now it is going from feasible to usable."

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