Over the past few decades, medical imaging continues to serve as a useful tool for the diagnosis and management of disease. For many imaging solutions, patient information is conveyed as a three-dimensional bundle that is accessed through a two-dimensional monitor. Whilst proving feasible in terms of access and cost, the application of medical imaging to the pre-surgical experience is limited in that visually-interpreted information is applied to a physical environment such as surgery.
Recent developments in 3D printing have seen decreased material cost with increased printer accuracy, shaping a new and feasible environment for the construction of patient-derived templates that represent anatomical features. At Vasoprint, we believe that 3D printing when applied to medical imaging will open new avenues for the clinician interpretation of patient data – a touch-information experience – and will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes.