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In a first, researchers 3D print lifelike heart valve models

In a first, researchers 3D print lifelike heart valve models

Written by David

September 1, 2020

Patient-specific organ models, which include integrated 3D-printed soft sensor arrays, are fabricated using specialised inks and a customised 3D printing process. Such models can be used in preparation for minimally invasive procedures to improve outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide.

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University of Minnesota New York, August 29 A team of US researchers has 3D-printed lifelike models of the heart’s aortic valve and the surrounding structures that mimic the exact look and feel of a real patient. These patient-specific organ models, which include 3D-printed soft sensor arrays integrated into the structure, are fabricated using specialised inks and a customised 3D printing process.

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Such models can be used in preparation for minimally invasive procedures to improve outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide. The researchers from University of Minnesota in the US, with the help from medical device company Medtronic, 3D printed what is called the aortic root, the […]

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