3D printing holds immeasurable promise in healthcare and the latest research collaboration in Boston aims to quickly convert MRI scans into models to help surgeons plan surgery.
Researchers at MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital developed the system and seven cardiac surgeons at the hospital will participate in a study this fall to evalute whether the models improve clinical outcomes.
The 3D modeling process has been time-consuming and complex, according to MIT. But, the models “could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients,” according to a statement.
“Our collaborators are convinced that this will make a difference,” says Polina Golland, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, who led the project. “The phrase I heard is that ‘surgeons see with their hands,’ that the perception is in the touch.”
Golland and her colleagues will share their new system at the
In the past, researchers have produced
The work was funded by both Boston Children’s Hospital and by Harvard Catalyst, a consortium aimed at rapidly moving scientific innovation into the clinic.