MEDICAL 3D PRINTING
PRE SURGICAL MODELS
Use of 3D printed anatomical models for preoperative planning, visualization and training can assist the surgeons better. We empower radiologists, clinicians, academicians and surgeons by converting digital images (dicom files) into physical 3D printed accurate medical models.
With the advancement in medical imaging and additional software’s, surgical guides can now be prepared by the direct utilization of the CT data. Therefore, it is possible to prepare 3D surgical templates that can place an implant at the planned position and depth prior to surgery. This improves the safety and predictability of the surgery to a great extent.
We work with Surgeons to develop custom aids that can help in improving the precision and efficacy of the procedure in an economical way. These custom aids include patient specific templates/ molds developed from the scan data or custom instruments designed by our team with inputs from surgeons.
We work with doctors/ surgeons/ rehabilitation centers/ physiotherapists for coming up with personalized prosthetics. With the combination of 3D scanning and 3D printing, accurate assessment of the dimensions and fit can be arrived at and the end part can be fabricated to the closest scale.
We work with Neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons for coming up with accurate cranial plates in bi compatible material like PEEK and Titanium. We also offer services to create templates/ molds for creating custom cranial flaps using PMMA.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is 3D Printing?
Off late 3D printing has gained ample popularity. It is used extensively in the realms of jewelry making, medicine, architecture and designing, educational and industrial processes. 3 D printing encompasses the process of creating a three dimensional structure from a digital file. This aim is achieved using additive processes. Using additive processes, an object is created by laying successive layers of material. 3D printing differs from the normal, conventional method which relies on the removal of the material by cutting and drilling.
How will 3D Printing help me plan my surgery?
As Medical science has embraced this 3D printing technology, several intricate surgical procedures have been simplified extensively. 3D printing provides a one stop, comprehensive solution, wherein the medicine practitioners can gauge the complexities of in vivo organs by studying the pre-operative models. These 3D Printed medical models bear great resemblance with real, in vivo organs, providing the surgeon the feel of the organ. This facilitates smoother surgical procedures.
What is the process of generating a Model? What are the Imaging requirements and turn around time?
Generation of a patient – specific pre- operative surgical model, surgical guide, implant, etc. is an elaborate process where keen interest is paid to the intricate details. It encompasses three major steps viz. segmentation of the desired region on the 2-D imprints of MRI,CT or Echo Scan, generation of 3D CAD model and lastly obtaining a life size print of the model. More information here. A CT/MRI scan with good resolution and contrast is preferred to segment out the most accurate details. For more information on imaging requirements, kindly Contact Us. Depending upon the complexity of models, the turn arout time can vary from just 2 days to a couple of weeks.
How do I know that the model is anatomically precise?
Our firm’s core principle is consumer satisfaction. Several parameters are so designed and adapted to ensure that the 3D printed model is anatomically precise. Our FDA approved software’s tools enable the precise generation of models. 3D printed models are channelled through a series of software-based checks and conformations which ensure that the model is of superior quality with accurate anatomically features.
Do you provide specific anatomy study models or have an off-the-shelf library where I can purchase models from for educational purposes?
One of our objectives is to generate patient specific models, especially tailor- made to meet an array of anatomical needs. Several different models, specific to certain functions, forms, fits and location, can be generated. We are constantly working on different types of cases to develop a library of these models. Kindly Contact Us for more details.
How do I choose the most suitable material for my requirement? Is the material bio compatible? Are there any side effects that I need to worry about?
A boon to the 3D printing industry has been its flexibility in terms of materials that can be explored. POP-based full-colour models, ABS and flexible plastics, acrylic and resin-based materials allow us to serve a comprehensive array of applications. Several biocompatible materials such as PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), Nylon, PEEK, Titanium, Chrome-Cobalt, etc. have enabled millions to imagine the limitless possibilities. These materials are extremely durable and inert, having no side–effects.
Anatomiz3D is working towards making the most of this flexibility. We consult on materials based on your requirement or application of the final product. More information on the types of materials and printer can be found here.
What are the costs involved?
3D printed models vary according to patient’s needs. The cost of each model depends upon the consumer’s needs and varies according to the intricacies involved, anatomy of the structure, printing time, material type and volume. We believe in providing the most comprehensive solutions at reasonable costs, thereby ensuring that maximal consumer satisfaction is achieved.