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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

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Use of 3D prototyping in congenital cardiovascular diseases - initial experience in Hong Kong

  • Janice J Ip1,
  • Peter K Hui2,
  • Robin Chen3,
  • Eddie Wu4,
  • KH Lau4,
  • Stephen Cheung1,
  • TC Yung3 and
  • Wendy W Lam1
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance201517(Suppl 1):P225

Published: 3 February 2015


Cardiovascular DiseaseTeaching HospitalMedical PracticeInitial ExperienceMedical Engineering


The use of 3D prototyping in medical practice is becoming increasingly important, due to the development of 3D printing and the recent rapid advances in relevant techniques and equipments. The use of 3D model is especially important in the field of paediatric cardiology and congenital cardiovascular disease, where there is a clear advantage over conventional 2D images in demonstrating complex anatomies and relationships between different structures.


The authors have selected a few paediatric cardiovascular diseases, and hope to share their initial experiences in 3D prototyping in this presentation.


Different cases are included to illustrate the use of 3D prototyping in management of congenital cardiovasclar diseases.


The departments of radiology and paediatrics of a local teaching hospital and the department of medical engineering of a local university have started the first collaboration in Hong Kong, which pioneered the use of 3D printing in paediatric cardiovascular diseases.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Radiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Radiology Department, Baptist Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Department of Pediatrics-Cardiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China


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