Volume 17 Supplement 1
3D printed cardiovascular models for surgical planning in complex congenital heart diseases
© Valverde et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015
Published: 3 February 2015
A precise understanding of the anatomical structures of the heart and great vessels is essential for surgical planning in order to avoid unexpected findings. Rapid prototyping techniques are used to print three-dimensional (3D) replicas of patients' cardiovascular anatomy based on 3D clinical images such as MRI. The purpose of this study is to explore the use of 3D patient-specific cardiovascular models using rapid prototyping techniques to improve surgical planning in patients with complex congenital heart disease.
3D-printed cardiovascular models accurately replicate the patient's anatomy and are extremely helpful for planning surgery in complex congenital heart disease. They may potentially reduce operative time and morbi-mortality.
This research has been co-financed by Institute of Health Carlos III - FIS research grant number PI13/02319 from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
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