Case Studies Cardio Case Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

3D anatomical model saves time and reduces risk on a rare transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

Case Study
  • Cardiology


A 44-year-old woman was prepared to undergo a percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation. Also known as transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, this is the replacement of the pulmonary valve via catheterization through a vein.


The main reason for the request for a 3D model was because the procedure that was going to be performed was very complex and the team needed a guide with sufficient precision to help deliver the best outcome for the patient. The 3D printed model enabled greater visibility of the anatomy, and allowed the surgical team to enhance their communications and refine their pre-operative plans. The model also assisted the surgical team with patient communication and consent - enabling the patient to visualise their own anatomy and understand fully the surgical objectives.


The procedure was very successful, saving over 120 minutes in surgery and reducing the recovery time of the patient significantly. The physician expressed that using a 3D model instead of a 2D image was invaluable as it allowed the team to fully understand the anatomy and mitigate the risks with a more detailed surgical plan.

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