London hospital integrates 3D printing into treatment planning
London’s King’s College Hospital has improved patient care for complex cranio-maxillofacial disfigurement procedures by integrating Stratasys 3D printing into patient treatment.
The hospital uses the Stratasys Objet Eden250 3D Printer to convert 2D CT scans of the patient into replica 3D printed models for its maxillofacial (face and jaw), neurosurgery and orthopaedic departments. With the anatomical models, the surgeons can perform complex procedures prior to the operation and highlight any problematic areas before making any incision on the patient.
Stratasys says its 3D printer has reduced operating times significantly for most complex cases and improved theatre outcome and patient care for major trauma cases. It does so by highlighting hidden complications pre-surgery and avoiding clinical errors, through the use of 3D printed models during pre-surgery planning for 100% of its maxillofacial trauma cases.
King’s College Hospital is a major regional centre for facial and jaw surgery. The hospital has eight surgeons who carry out more than 1,200 planned craniofacial (skull) and maxillofacial procedures every year.
Dr Muhamad Hatamleh, senior maxillofacial prosthetist at King’s College Hospital, says: “With 3D printing, surgeons already have an idea of what the procedure entails before the patient is under anaesthetic. In the case of skull meningioma, where there is a tumor growing in the skull, the surgeon needs to remove the tumor and restore the skull at the same surgery. Producing a 3D model of the skull with the tumor enables our surgeons to clearly visualise the outcome of the surgery before it is performed and make better decisions on the size of the implant required to restore the skull defect after removing the tumour.”