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Patient-Specific Anatomic Guides for Reconstructive Surgery through Point-of-Care Manufacturing

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Mayo Clinic’s Anatomic Modeling Lab, Department of Radiology, Rochester, Minn., has been 3D printing patient-specific anatomic guides for surgical departments since 2016. Initially, high volumes of craniomaxillofacial reconstruction surgeries drove the need for osteotomy guides and the institution’s diagnosis-to-treatment goals justified the need for manufacturing in the hospital. Over the years, the guide printing practice has grown significantly with the addition of a number of orthopedic applications. Today, 3D printed anatomic guides manufactured in Mayo Clinic’s Saint Mary’s Hospital, just 5 floors above the operating rooms, are standard of care for oral and maxillofacial, ENT, orthopedic, and oncologic surgical departments. Learn about the clinical ordering system, imaging protocols, segmentation considerations, computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, printing methods, and sterilization of anatomic guides 3D printed at the point-of-care. Brief review of dictation, billing, and NRDR ACR RSNA registry entry also included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the process of in-hospital 3D printing of anatomic guides from provider order entry to delivery
  • Understand the basic safety elements and quality control of 3D printing anatomic guides at the point-of-care
  • Comprehend a variety surgical applications and how to get started with designing/printing anatomic guides