3D printing from cardiovascular CT: a practical guide and review

3D printing from cardiovascular CT: a practical guide and review

An excellent introduction & how-to on 3D printing in cardiovascular disease.

 

Title: 3D printing from cardiovascular CT: a practical guide and review

Authors: James M. Otton, Nicolette S. Birbara, Tarique Hussain, Gerald Greil, Thomas A. Foley, Nalini Pather

Abstract: Current cardiovascular imaging techniques allow anatomical relationships and pathological conditions to be captured in three dimensions. Three-dimensional (3D) printing, or rapid prototyping, has also become readily available and made it possible to transform virtual reconstructions into physical 3D models. This technology has been utilised to demonstrate cardiovascular anatomy and disease in clinical, research and educational settings. In particular, 3D models have been generated from cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) imaging data for purposes such as surgical planning and teaching. This review summarises applications, limitations and practical steps required to create a 3D printed model from cardiovascular CT.

Link to Article (open access)

About The Author

Structural Heart Disease Australia

Structural Heart Disease Australia is an incorporated association focused on education in valvular and structural cardiac diseases. It was started by group of echocardiographers, anaesthetists, clinical and interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide a useful learning resource for medical professionals.

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