Case Studies Heart model for Cardiac surgery planning

Improved Accuracy and Reduced Planning Time in Cardiac Surgery

Case Study


An 82-year-old female patient with a 21mm Mitroflow prosthesis presented with issues relating to coronary heights and valve deployment. Before proceeding with any surgical intervention, her clinician wanted to better understand the safest way to insert a valve without obstructing the main left artery.


Turning to Axial3D, the patient's DICOM images were transformed into a 3D model. With the 3D model in hand, the team was able to pre-operatively rehearse their strategy using a softer, more realistic material. This preparatory exercise aided the team not only in resolving any uncertainties surrounding the procedure but also in increasing their confidence in the planned approach.

The 3D replica that supported reduced planning time in cardiac surgery

Benefits of using the 3D Model

Even more crucially, the 3D printed model played a pivotal role in not only transforming the team's initial surgical strategy but also in enabling precise predictions of the outcomes associated with the proposed TAVI procedure. Furthermore, it expedited their planning process by a remarkable 120 minutes compared to the conventional approach of relying solely on 2D images, contributing to a reduction in planning time for cardiac surgery.

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