Invaluable. Really good for guiding my operation and certainly with this patient I would have struggled to work out what to do rather than knowing beforehand. The 3D model was excellent for explaining to the patients as well. Staff in theatre liked them as they could understand what I was doing and what I needed. Using pre-operative 3D models should be the standard of care for Septal patients.
Exploring the medical applications of 3D printing with 3D LifePrints has been an incredible experience for the staff and patients of Alder Hey children’s hospital. With 3DLP’s embedded 3D printing facility we have discovered a number of truly novel and exciting ways to make our care better, kinder and easier. Working with 3DLP has been an absolute pleasure. Their attention to detail and innovative team have opened our eyes to a huge range of possibilities.
At the end of the day, the more you practice the better a surgeon you become. Being able to use 3D printed models that mimic tissues from bone to vessels provides us with an incredible opportunity to create high fidelity simulation models.
The Virtual Engineering Centre is developing an exciting collaboration with 3D LifePrints, bringing together the specialist expertise of both organisations in 3D printing and immersive virtual reality to support the medical sector.Co-developing new processes to support surgeons at Alder Hey Children’s Trust with 3D LifePrints has accelerated the development of new techniques and has highlighted the benefits to medical teams, patients and their families, that can be achieved by innovatively combining 3D printing, scanning and immersive virtual reality technologies.
Working with 3D LifePrints we have produced high resolution 3D prints of the heart of unprecedented quality and detail, generated from high resolution micro-CT data sets, such prints have brought our virtual data to life, and serve to improved our understanding of the 3D micro-anatomy of the heart.
3D printing could reduce a lot of challenges we have with training. It is obviously beneficial for the patient, obviously beneficial for the clinician and obviously beneficial for our health systems in terms of reducing costs and reducing complications.
The model went down well this morning, changed the operation. Patient will almost certainly do better as a result of it, both short term and long term.
The use of the 3D model in liver surgery consents to clarify several useful pre-operative aspects. The accuracy of the model in terms of anatomical findings was high. In case of complex vascular reconstruction strategies, a rational use of 3D printing technology should be implemented.
The 3D PDF’s are brilliant, much better than what we [normally] have access to.