Posted by Plish on December 2, 2014
Some RSNA attendees listen to presentations by Radiologists, Researchers and other Physicians who are using 3d Printing in their practices and research
Today was my 3D Printing day at RSNA. Spent the morning listening to some amazing work being done (Chaired by Dr. Frank Rybicki), and the afternoon taking in the rest of the show.
First were presentations covering how flows of blood and other substances through blood vessels, could be confirmed using models.
Dr. Tam shared how 3d printing could be used to plan for, and create parts for, medical procedures. He uses printed models in approximately 5% of his cases right now. He also did an enlightening study that showed that when presented with 3d models, the majority of physicians in the study changed their surgical approach. A model is indeed worth a 1000 pictures (or more!)
Dr’s Green and Mahani shared how 3d printing was used to save the life of a child whose bronchus would collapse and block airflow. The video about this is below:
There is some amazing work at the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. They are pushing the envelope printing living tissue. You can check out a Reuters Tech Video here.
Future directions for 3d printing in healthcare were summarized nicely by this slide:
Number one is very provocative, and I agree with it. While Radiologists treated the creation of 3d models as a natural extension of reading 2d images, the work required to create 3d models can be done in conjunction with intermediary scientists and engineers, so that each discipline can play to its strengths. In the future I can see a role for “Post Processing Technicians.” These folks would be integral members of the Radiologic team whose purpose is to crunch imaging data into 3d and beyond.
I would include material science advances as an influencer in the future of 3d printing adoption.
Also, while indirectly included in the above list, cost reimbursement and FDA regulations are major players as the field matures and the technology gets adopted.
After the presentations, I visited with 3dSystems, Stratasys and Materialise , These companies have made, and are making, significant investments in medical uses of their technologies. This can only accelerate the adoption of 3d printing.
I left today excited and inspired by the work of these doctors and scientists.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!
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Posted by Plish on December 1, 2014
Today was my first day at the Annual Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) Meeting. It’s a great conference to see what’s new in minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment. What was especially evident was the emphasis on patient experience, on making the healthcare experience less intimidating and more interactive.
These machine wraps and environments from Bear Facts Entertainment make the environment more inviting and less intimidating for children (and this helps put parents at ease!)
Check out these Star Wars-eque looking MRI imagers from Chinese Company: Magspin Instrument Co
There are HD screens and vendor displays that deal exclusively with creating beautiful environments, like the works of Physicist turned artist, Arie vant’ Riet:
Finding ways to enable radiologists and patients to share images and information across the myriads of health record systems is also integral to giving patients greater control of their healthcare.
There were also devices like the Medspira Breath Hold system that help patients interact with the process to better improve the quality of images, or radiation treatments.
Last, but by no means, least, there’s the flare of Fischer-Giotto. Fischer Medical Technologies conveys the elegant curves and movements of their digital mammography systems through a logo that seems more apropos on Michigan Ave than in a Radiology Conference.
It’s clear (Thankfully!!) that the healthcare industry is beginning to recognize that there’s more to
healthcare than just “Take two of these, four times a day, and call me in a week.”
I’ll be bringing you more from RSNA as the week continues! Would love to hear the thoughts of others that attended the conference.
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