Stratasys, a leading 3D printer manufacturer, have put their devices to use for brain surgery pre-planning, resulting in significantly reduced risks when it comes to the procedure.
Teaming up with The Jacobs Institute, a medical research facility in Buffalo, New York, Stratasys set about 3D printing models of a patient's brain vessel anatomy before a medical procedure to treat an aneurysm.
Using the patient's CT scan, a team of doctors and researchers created a life-sized replica of the aneurysm, with the model designed to recreate the feel of human tissue and its vascular structure.
"Our original plan was to treat her aneurysm with a metallic basket - delivered into the area with a tiny tube. After attempting the procedure on the 3D printed replica, we realised it just wasn't going to work," said Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Chief Medical Officer at The Jacobs Institute.
"Based on the Stratasys 3D-printed model, our team was able to pre-empt potential complications and devise a much more optimal means of treating Teresa's [Flint] aneurysm."
Stratasys used the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer, with TangoPlus photopolymer material, to create the replica.
“Typical treatment options are highly risky, as no two cases are identical and require deep understanding of each patient’s unique vascular anatomy,” said Scott Radar, General Manager of Medical Solutions at Stratasys.
“With the aid of Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D Printing Solutions, surgeons at some of the world’s leading hospitals are now able to quickly pinpoint affected areas on individual patients and practice surgeries on realistic anatomical 3D printed models. This is expected to dramatically minimise risks associated with delays and complications stemming from real-time, in-procedure diagnoses.”
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