Uses and Generalities:
3D printed anatomical models can be used for training future surgeons or before complex surgeries. It is a more flexible and economical procedure that allows a better representation of specific pathologies.
In addition, it allows to share accurate information with the surgery team, patients and families, facilitating communication and decision-making process
Imaging of patient
The patient has CT or MRI scans taken at the request of the physician.
The scans provided by the physician are used to create models in Computer-aided software of the patient's anatomy. The models are then converted to a format the 3D printer will be able to read.
Once the models are created, they can be inputted into the 3D printer to physically print the models. The completed models will go through post-processing to ensure that the model is accurate to the patient's anatomy.
The models can now be used to educate surgery team, the patient and relatives on the procedure that will take place. Seeing the model in hand will allow them to see exactly what is happening and ask the questions they need for decision-making process