3D printed heart models have been increasingly used in cardiothoracic surgery. Ventricular septal defects (VSD) is one of the major congenital heart diseases and it is usually referred as a hole in the heart. There are over 200,000 children estimated to be born with congenital heart disease (CHD) in India.
Understanding the shape of the hole is complex with CT/MRI image and 3D rendered image. However, it is easier with 3D printed heart model. So, when decicing the treatment options, surgeons can use the 3D printed models for locating the hole pathway and selecting the correct patch size for fixing the defect. Treatment involves open heart surgery to fix the defect and on screen visualization can be complicated when dealing with children hearts.
Fig 1: Comparison of 3D CT vs 3D printed model
As you can see in the figure above, the 3D printed model can not only help determine the size of the patch but also be used to perform a mock repair as well.
MedMorph3D can 3D print patient specific heart models for such surgical planning and mock surgery. All we require are patient scans in DICOM format. We will convert the scans to models, provide a preview and deliver the 3D printed models in 2 – 3 business days.
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