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3D Printing Lab Offers Solutions for Every Surgical Consideration

(From the January 2018 Issue of MedStat)

The 3D Printing Lab, part of the Pediatric Advanced Imaging Resource (PAIR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, provides personalized diagnostic and treatment solutions for clinicians and patients in a convenient and collaborative in-house setting. Launched in July 2017, PAIR’s 3D Printing Lab is one of only a handful of such centers in the country that provides comprehensive patient-specific treatment planning and device development services from a pediatric perspective.

The lab uses a variety of imaging data sources to create patient-specific models of any internal anatomy or device that may be used in pre-surgical evaluation or simulation to determine the best management approach. This has the potential to reduce surgical and anesthesia time, and improve the delivery of customized solutions by keeping the guesswork outside the operating room.

“Many institutions utilize 3D printing from a third party vendor, or focus its use for one specific surgical application. What makes our program different is the ability to provide solutions for a variety of pediatric conditions, encompassing several specialties. We do this in-house with a team that has extensive expertise and track record, and in a location that is convenient for all Nationwide Children’s physicians,” says Dr. Jayanthi Parthasarathy, manager of 3D Printing. Dr. Parthasarathy, a dental surgeon by background, has a PhD in material sciences, and comes to Nationwide Children’s with extensive experience in material composition specifically related to 3D printing.

In addition to the clinical and technical expertise the lab possesses, it also uses some of the latest technology to ensure optimal image acquisition, processing and segmentation, laying the groundwork for the best quality models for surgical planning.

“We use the CONNEX-3 OBJET 350 3D Printer, along with a full complement of 3D modeling and printing software. The printer is capable of printing at very high quality (16-micron layers). Multicolor and multi material printing capabilities of the printer allow for variation of material properties within a single print to suit the intended application,” says Dr. Parthasarathy.

“We’ve already provided services for a variety of specialists for pre-surgical planning with computerized models and 3D prints, including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, Center for Colorectal and Pelvic  Reconstruction, and the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders. 3D printing adds another layer of scientific veracity, thereby increasing confidence in the planning process that benefits everyone involved.”

As the 3D printing program grows, other materials will be added to the printing process to better mimic the consistency and physical properties of the organ being printed. We welcome everyone to visit the lab and get an overview of the capabilities and applications.

For more information, contact Dr. Jayanthi Parthasarathy, manager, 3D Printing.(614) 722-2614 and at Jayanthi.Parthasarathy@nationwidechildrens.org.

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