3D printing is increasingly used in medicine and allows for detailed planning of operations. This makes it possible to select the appropriate operating technique, discuss it in the team, and shorten the time of the procedure itself.
Only the FDM technology gives the possibility to produce the anatomical models with a limited budget and in a short timeframe.
Doctors can now study highly accurate 3D models of a patient’s musculoskeletal system. These 3D reproductions help medical specialists diagnose ailments, plan for surgery, provide education to the patient, and more. The patient’s unique CT and MRI scans are used to create an exact replica as a 3D printed model. The applications of 3D Printing span the public and private healthcare sectors in disciplines that include orthopedics, oncology, oral and maxillofacial, trauma, and transplant surgery.
Custom medical models are 3D reproductions of CT and MRI scans, making them highly accurate and specific to each patient. These 3D prints give doctors more information than what’s possible in a 2D representation of a patient’s anatomy. “Having access to a patient’s full-scale anatomical model, whether it be a heart or a pelvis, has allowed surgeons to more accurately diagnose and determine treatment for that patient and in some cases completely change the course of treatment with the additional information given from the prints.” Specialists can inspect a full scale model of the anatomy in three dimensions, giving them unprecedented insight into a patient’s needs.
Having access to a patient’s full-scale anatomical model has allowed surgeons to more accurately diagnose and determine treatment for that patient.
After diagnosis, specialists use the models to determine the best treatment. A high-resolution 3D model gives doctors a more holistic view than the conventional 2D realm of radiography. “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.
Custom medical models help surgeons plan and practice for operations. Pre-operative planning not only cuts the time that patients spend in surgery, but it also reduces the risk of complications and infection rates. Patients spend less time in rehabilitation, saving a huge amount of hospital resources. With 3D models, surgeons can trial new techniques and prepare equipment well in advance of stepping into the operating theatre. Less time in surgery greatly reduces the risk of complications, speeds recovery, and saves time and money. Using 3D models for pre-operative planning benefits everyone involved.
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