In this case study, how 3D printed models can be used for pre-surgical planning by testing a device prior to deployment starting with patient specific image data will be shown. Physically testing a device or replicating a procedure prior to a patient’s surgery based on the patient’s anatomy can predict the correct device size and foresee any potential obstructions that can cause difficulties with a procedure. With catheter deployment, brace points and catheter behavior due to tortuosity can be more difficult to predict. By deploying a catheter in a patient specific printed model, the correct catheter for a successful deployment is easier to predict. By better understanding the deployment path and all potential constraints, exploratory time in a patient and trauma can be reduced, preventing the need to potentially change a device after/during deployment in a patient during surgery. This can ultimately reduce the time spent in the OR and improve patient outcome.
- To explain ways in which 3D printing can help device companies and physicians test and deploy devices using patient specific image data
- To describe techniques on how 3D printing can reduce time in the OR and improve patient outcome
- To describe how to quantify variations in patient anatomy for better prediction of device deployment