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RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Medical 3D Printing Registry


The RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) and the ACR (American College of Radiology) are collaborating on the launch of a new medical 3D printing registry to collect 3D printing data at the point of clinical care.

A joint ACR-RSNA committee will govern the 3D printing registry which will launch in Q3 of 2019.

The announcement follows the release of four new Category III CPT codes for the use of creating anatomic models and anatomic guides with 3D printing. The clinical data gathered within the registry will enable essential analyses to demonstrate the clinical value of 3D printing, which has been challenging to date because of the rich diversity of clinical indications, the different technologies for generating physical models from medical images and the complexity of the models.

“The creation of the joint RSNA-ACR 3D Printing Registry is essential for the advancement of clinical 3D printing. The registry will allow us to collect data in support of the appropriate use of this technology and its value in clinical decision making, and this collaboration between RSNA and ACR shows the importance of 3D printing to radiology."

- William Weadock, MD, Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan and chair of the RSNA 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG)

The ACR's National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR) system plans to host the 3D printing registry once it goes live. The NRDR is a leading platform for clinical quality registries in imaging and currently houses six registries with more than 6,500 participant sites and over 150 million cumulative cases.

“Medical models and surgical guides have been 3D printed for well over a decade, as niche applications — and without CPT codes. For example, craniomaxillofacial care providers generally accept that 3D printing is valuable and integral to patient care. However, when applying for CPT codes, it became clear that this ‘general acceptance’ lacked peer-reviewed literature to demonstrate value. This registry will supply data to benchmark the value of this subspecialty.”

- Frank Rybicki, MD, PhD, FACR,chair of the ACR Committee on Appropriateness Criteria and founding chair of the RSNA SIG.

You can learn more about the RSNA 3D Printing SIG here.

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