Surgical Planning with 3D Printed Hearts for Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion

3D printing is a powerful technology that continues to improve medical practice.  Its impact on percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion as an alternative therapeutic approach to medical therapy for stroke prevention continues to evolve as the technology advances. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is a small, ear-shaped pouch in the muscle wall of the left atrium.  In […]

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Unlimited Tomorrow Advances Prosthetics with 3D Printing

As many families and individuals have already realized, traditional prosthetic models are often very large and can be burdensome or inconvenient to use.  They are also typically very expensive, with a per device price-tag in the tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes even more.  Enter Easton LaChappelle, the founder of an organization called Unlimited Tomorrow, […]

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Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Opens a 3D Printing Center of Excellence

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, a non-profit 195-bed inpatient and outpatient pediatric medical center in St. Louis, Missouri, is partnering with Stratasys to create a new Center of Excellence (COE) with the goal of helping physicians and researchers advance the use of 3D printing for a wide range of medical applications. (L to R) Brian […]

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3D Printing is Helping to Standardize Surgical Training

Traditionally surgical training has depended on the orderly exposure of the surgeons to graduated clinical experience in the operating room under the close supervision of senior surgeons. Such preceptor-apprenticeship on an operation table is the major bottleneck in training of congenital heart surgery because of the wide variation and complexity of pathological anatomy, relative rarity […]

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Surgeons Pinpoint Kidney Tumors with 3D Printed Color Models

Representing a significant advancement in complex surgical procedure planning, Stratasys color, multi-material 3D printing is being increasingly deployed to aid surgeons who treat a variety of conditions, from heart malformations and hip replacements to brain tumors. Using Stratasys’ transparent VeroClear material enables Dr. Bernhard to see inside the kidney and estimate the specific location and […]

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3D Printed Heart Valves Assist Cardiologists in Planning Patient Specific Replacement Surgeries

In the July issue of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, our collaborative team from  the Piedmont Heart Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology published a paper titled, Quantitative Prediction of Paravalvular Leak in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Based on Tissue-Mimicking 3D Printing.  In this study, we demonstrated the feasibility of using 3D printing technologies to create patient-specific heart valve models […]

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