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.
The models can be designed to a specific criteria. No two children, or conditions are the same, so a 3D model of a patient's problem can only benefit the training, and ultimately the care they receive.
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 offers some really unique and exciting opportunities to change the way that we teach, plan and undertake surgical interventions in orthopaedics. 3D LifePrints are leading the way. The models can be designed to a specific criteria. No two children, or conditions are the same, so a 3D model of a patients problem can only benefits the training, and ultimately the care they receive.
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.
You’ll be pleased to know that the model that you made for us performed very well during the initial usability trials we conducted, and was well received by the ten eminent urological surgeons, from across Europe, who participated.
I have only positive memories of working with the team there and look forward to working with you again, as and when the opportunity arises.