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Chinese heart surgeons turn to 3D models

Chinese heart surgeons have turned to 3D printing to create accurate models of a patient’s heart before complex surgery. The Chinese University and the University of Hong Kong have joined forces to help doctors to plan operations more effectively. They are not the only ones to do this and companies like 3D Life in Greece, GDMedTech in Ireland and The Jacobs Institute in Buffalo have all been beaten them to the punch. That doesn’t matter to the surgeons at the Prince of Wales hospital in Sha Tin, though. They can now make use of this technological breakthrough to reduce surgery time and flag up any potential issues with each individual case before the surgeon makes the first cut. Ultrasound to in your hand An ultrasound image gives a clear impression that is them used to create a digital model. Through the magic of 3D printing, that model is then turned into a silicon version that gives the doctor a visual representation of the procedure before it happens. Before the advent of 3D printing, these kind of models could take weeks to produce and the cost would be extraordinary. Now they can be made fast enough to fit into a meaningful workflow at a cost the hospital can bear. The Chinese hospital has called on the 3D models for three procedures so far. These included an atrial appendage occlusion where the […]

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