One excellent example of POC 3D printing being applied clinically involves Simpleware users at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. The Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (APL) uses 3D anatomical models to help plan operations, teach colleagues, and counsel patients. APL has created more than 500 models of hearts, brains, spines, extremities, and other organs. In addition, the hospital has benefited from Simpleware AI-enabled tools to automate routine parts of their workflows.
In a recent case, the group created a model for a 16-year-old patient with an anomalous origin of the left coronary artery. The patient’s heart CT data was loaded into Simpleware ScanIP Medical, and the automated segmentation module, Simpleware AS Cardio, was used to segment and landmark the data in a click of a button, with additional 3D print prep carried out in the Simpleware 3D printing toolkit. With this method, the time-consuming work of processing the data was significantly reduced, going from approximately two hours biomedical engineering time to just 15 minutes.
The final model was 3D printed using a Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D printer, with different colors used to visualize individual regions of the heart and aid in the surgery. The work being carried out by the team at Nicklaus Children’s demonstrates the value of advanced POC solutions within the Simpleware platform, whereby scale models of patient hearts help plan surgeries and educate patients. Thomas Haglund, Biomedical Engineering at the Cardiovascular Surgery APL, had this to say about the heart project:
“Our new engineer segmented it. He hit the ‘go’ button on Simpleware AS Cardio and then added the base and supports. It is very quick.”