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3D Systems and OpHeart to 3D print pediatric heart models regardless of user’s ability to pay

3D Systems and OpHeart to 3D print pediatric heart models regardless of user's ability to pay

Written by David

November 24, 2018

3D Systems has partnered with OpHeart, a nonprofit organization that work to provide medical treatment to children born with life-threatening heart defects, by providing pediatric heart surgeons with the 3D-printed tools needed to prepare and rehearse complex surgeries. The use of detailed anatomical models prior to surgery, which typically involves reconnecting vessels as thin as a human hair in hearts the size of a strawberry, is a “vital aid” to surgeons in their preparations for complex, delicate congenital heart disease surgery (CHD). In addition, the models are used by medical teams to explain the surgery to patients’ families in an effort to keep them fully informed of the upcoming procedure and what to expect. “Feedback from the surgeons we’ve worked with through OpHeart is that our anatomical models are tremendously helpful to them in delivering successful patient outcomes,” said Katie Weimer, vice president, medical devices, 3D Systems. “We are […]

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