The CT or MRI scanner
or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner
generate scan data by scanning patients.
As part of a growing trend in the medical industry of patient specific solutions, a need arises for means and methods that could grant surgeons the ability to improve their pre-operative planning, and help streamline their intra-operative proceedings relative to each individual patient.
A suitable solution has emerged in the form of Additive Fabrication. Most of the traditional layer manufacturing technologies have been considered to be too expensive for medical application, and could not always be justified. However, more cost effective technologies, such as 3D Printing, have recently come to the scene and definitely require a fresh re-consideration for medical applications and the various fields of reconstructive surgery.
Anatomical models are physical replicas of patient`s internal or external hard or soft-tissue structures. They help surgeons to improve their planning of complex surgical procedures, which results in a reduction of surgical time and more predictable surgical outcomes.
These models are produced using CT, CBCT, or MRI. The most common applications for these models include bending metallic reconstruction plates, creating patient specific facial implants, and measuring and fitting of complex devices meant to lengthen shortened bone such as the leg or jawbones.
The Projet 660 pro 3D Printer enables surgeons to rapidly produce inexpensive 3D models to obtain better case information to better understand pathologies, reduce operating time, enhance patient and physician communication and improve patient outcomes. The entire process from scanning to the final printing is illustrated below.