St. Louis surgical team uses 3D printing to plan toddler’s treatment

When cardiologists from Washington University in St. Louis were preparing to treat a toddler whose heart vessels were located in a position that made it tough for the child to breathe, they didn’t just rely on imaging. In another example of the power of 3D printing, the surgeons created a life-sized replica of the young boy’s heart.

Leveraging MRI images and a 3D printer, the surgical team created the replica to help educate the family on the procedure as well help plan the treatment. According to a report from KSDK news, the team considers 3D models a “new frontier” for personalized medicine.

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