Segment: Personalized care, with 3D-printed heart models

October 18, 2018

Segment: Personalized care, with 3D-printed heart models

A study published this week shows that more heart patients than ever are getting their aortic valves replaced by way of a long catheter instead of more invasive open heart surgery.  A catheter-based approach to heart repair, in which the cardiologist relies on real-time X-ray-like scans rather than seeing the organ itself, has become safer with the advent of 3-D printing.  

In this video segment, UW Medicine cardiologist Mark Reisman and research scientist Dmitry Levin describe how a 3-D printed heart – an exact replica of a patient’s organ – helps doctors plan their approach and right-sized device to use in a repair. 

“By having the 3-D hearts, we can literally practice or … better understand what to anticipate within the context of the procedure,” Reisman said. See related blog item.

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