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How patient-specific anatomical models are transforming pre-operative planning

  • Pre-operative planning
  • Innovation

Increasingly, clinicians are using 3D printing to create tactile 1:1 models of anatomical areas, replicated exactly from their patients’ scans, which can be held in-hand and used for pre-operative planning, surgical simulation, and collaborative team working.

These patient-specific anatomical models are often used to aid patient communication and consultation, to show and explain to patients about their medical conditions and what their surgical procedures will involve.

3D anatomical models also have use in surgical education, providing medical students and junior doctors the opportunity to exactly see tumors, fractures, lesions, and other abnormalities.

What are the benefits of having access to a patient-specific model during the pre-operative planning stages of patient care?

Enhanced insights into the patient’s pathology

By holding the replica in your hand and having a true 360° view, you get a full view of the true anatomy in context.

Reduced theatre time

On average, our customers report saving 30-60 minutes surgery time, with some cases showing 5+ hours saved.

Improved Patient Communication

Patient experience and consent are increased by seeing and holding models of their anatomy, aiding in consent discussions.

Pre-operative trialing and surgical simulation

Educating and training new physicians, especially complex pathological conditions.

Improved training and education

3D printed patient-specific models support physical simulations of surgery. This saves time and increases the confidence of surgical teams.

How to get a patient-specific 3D printed model

Axial3D has made it easy for you to access patient-specific 3D printed models. Our team can create and ship a 3D printed model from your 2D images within just a couple of days, or have a 3D printable file with you within a few hours.

You don’t need to worry about expensive equipment. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a free Axial3D account, and your DICOM files.

  1. Upload your DICOMs through our portal.
  2. Our expert team will oversee production, turning your 2D scans into an exact 3D visual or a 3D-printed model.
  3. We’ll ship your 3D printed models to you.
  4. Your surgical team and patients benefit from enhanced communication, increased insight and spending less time in the OR.

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