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How Do 3D Printed Heart Models Impact Surgery?

Michael Gaisford, director of marketing, Stratasys Medical Solutions

3D printed pre-surgical planning models, based on patients’ scans, are being used all over the world with the goal of improving accuracy and efficacy of complicated surgeries. Now, a new study, 3DHEART, is examining the impact of patient-specific 3D printed models in pre-operative planning for pediatric heart surgery. This randomized, single-blind clinical trial is open to its first patient enrollments in March,2017.

3D printed replicas of pediatric hearts allow physicians to evaluate and interact with patient anatomy in ways 2D images cannot.

“This study is truly extraordinary, in that it is a ‘village’ effort. Doctors have seen first-hand how 3D printing can save lives, but they have not had the resources to quantifiably substantiate heretofore anecdotal evidence. This study will do that. I am proud to work with such an esteemed group of clinicians and industry leaders to improve the lives of children like my daughter, and I thank Stratasys for their unwavering support,” said OpHeart Executive Director, Anne Garcia.

The study is being led by physicians from New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s National Medical Center, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with up to 20 additional sites in …

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