Webinar: Innovating Health Care through 3D Printing
Learn from Dr George E. Sarris & Mr. Aris Petridis, how 3D printing can cost-effectively improve care, refine new medical devices and speed advances at every step in the medical value chain from hospital innovation to lab and operating room efficiency, clinical training and education and patient care.
Dr George E. Sarris
Director, Athens Heart Surgery Institute
Chief, Department of Pediatric Heart Surgery at Iaso Children’s Hospital
Dr. Sarris has received his MD Degree with honors from Harvard Medical School, and is an honors graduate of the joint Harvard – MIT Doctoral Program in Health Sciences and Technology. Has also received a PhD degree in Medicine with honors from the University of Athens.
Aris earned his B.Sc. from the University of Indianapolis in the USA. He currently holds a leading role in Business Development of Life Sciences and Educational industries for additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping at D2M Solutions.
Date: Monday, May 23rd
Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm (UTC+4 time zone)
ANATOMICAL MODELS FOR SURGERY PREP AND EDUCATION
Scanning technology such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lets doctors see a patient’s anatomy with intricate detail. But as helpful as these tools are, they don’t offer the benefits a 3D model can in terms of being able to study all aspects of an anatomical structure like a human heart. 3D printing is the natural extension of this scanning technology, providing the ability to create anatomical models in intricate detail. These models are multi-purpose too, used for surgical preparation and training as well as educational aids for medical students.
Perhaps the most remarkable and beneficial example of this application involves modeling a specific patient’s anatomy, including pathology, that lets doctors study the best approach for surgical intervention. The 3D printer’s ability to easily produce any shape is perfectly suited to the uniqueness of an individual’s anatomy, and the variety of material properties offered by PolyJet technology means models offer the proper tactile resistance as well as appearance. Doctors use these models to plan the best surgical approach resulting in shorter operating times and better post-operative results.
3D printed models also help train doctors to perform medical procedures and use new devices, and educate medical students on general anatomical structures. The Stratasys J750 in particular offers complex geometries and blends of material properties that would be difficult or impossible to produce with conventional manufacturing methods. Training models can mimic the look and feel of living tissue and can integrate instructional elements, such as labels or contrasting colors. These models can be produced on demand and avoid the challenges associated with human cadavers like availability shortages and handling and storage expenses.