DATA GENERATION (CT, MRI, 3D Scan)
The ability to produce patient-specific parts directly from scan data is an obvious benefit that is not cost-effective with most conventional manufacturing techniques. These tailored parts are made possible through software that converts the patient’s own scans (using techniques like computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laser scanning) into 3D files. These files essentially encode each patient’s specific anatomic or pathologic features, which then can be fabricated by 3D printers.
- CT: CT uses many x-ray projections through a subject to computationally reconstruct a cross-sectional image.
- MRI: MRI makes use of a very powerful magnet to align the nuclei of atoms inside the body.
- Laser Scanning: Laser scanning scans the surface of an object and captures data represented as a collection of points.
Physicians are now using models produced by 3D Printing from patient scan data to improve the diagnosis of illnesses, elucidate treatment decisions, plan, and, in some cases, even practice selected surgical interventions in advance of the actual treatments.
- Surgical Learning Tools
- Surgical Guides and Tools
- Hearing Aids