BioModel3D is a medical technology company using additive manufacturing to produce anatomical models for health care purposes.
Abby, a 49-year-old designer, married with two children, was brought into the University of Michigan hospital for stress and a possible heart attack. Instead, the doctors diagnosed her with an enlarged aorta, deformed aortic bicuspid valve, and issues with both her right and left subclavian and carotid arteries. If her aorta ruptured, it would be life threatening. Looking at gray and white CT scans, with numerous physicians pointed at blobs and shapes, did little to visually explain to her and her family the seriousness of her condition. They looked with puzzled faces at each other as the doctors explained the measurements between the gray and white blobs representing her arteries. That changed when BioModel3D printed a 3D model of her heart and enlarged aorta, with 3D printing based on CT scans, visually educating her about her condition. Seeing the size of her enlarged aorta in comparison to other parts of her aorta helped her to make the decision to lose weight to help reduce the risk of a rupture.
Her teenage children burst into tears when they visually realized their mother’s condition. The models have made her children aware of their need to be checked over time for a possible hereditary condition. Abby is next taking the models to her doctor.
3D anatomical models will help hospitals and surgeons:
- More efficient patient communication
- Better pre-operative planning
- Improved quality and safety of acute inpatient care
- Lower surgery and related costs
- Higher patient satisfaction and hospital rating
We reduce operating time by allowing a surgeon and his team to practice the procedure in advance on the patient specific organs based on CT or MRI. This speeds up the operating time as the surgeon can anticipate having done this procedure before on the patient and can reduce surgical procedural waste.
By having practiced the surgery in advance, the real surgery will go faster minimizing the amount of time on the table and dosage of anesthesia. Thereby reducing the risk and cost of surgery.
Recovery is faster as the less time the patient spends on the operating table the faster their recovery.