Case Studies Heart model for Cardiac surgery planning

Improved accuracy and reduced planning time in cardiac surgery

Case Study
  • Cardiology


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 doctor wanted to understand the safest way for him to insert a valve without obstructing the main left artery.


He requested a 3D model from Axial3D which would allow for the team to practice their approach in advance using a softer, more realistic material. This practice run supported the team in not only answering the open questions they had around the procedure, but also building far greater confidence in their planned approach.

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

Benefits of using the 3D Model

Much more importantly, the model was critical in supporting the team to not only completely transform their original planned approach for the surgery, but then in allowing them to accurately predict the outcomes relating to the proposed TAVI procedure. In addition, the model helped to define their plan over 120 minutes faster than typical when using 2D images alone - supporting reduced planning time in cardiac surgery.

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