The enrolment for the new 3D Heart investigative trial has finally been opened up now as announced by a 3D printing company – Stratasys. Standing for the 3D Hearts, the 3D Heart initiative enabling a randomized trial further makes for a clinical study to see the effects of 3D printed heart models for pre-operative planning required for pediatric heart surgery. And for providing the heart models for trial, Stratasys will finally be making use of its 3D printing technologies.
Further it was quoted that the study of 3D Heart will be headed by the doctors from various hospitals as in like from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Children’s National Medical Center. The trial will be geared toward pediatric heart surgery explicitly for pediatric congenital heart patients that require two-ventricle repair as cited.
Aim of the Study
The aim of the study was not only to improve the risk of surgical complications, mortality, and physician assessment of utility but was also to improve the factors such as cardiopulmonary bypass time. Devoted in improving the conditions and surgical outcomes for children born with potentially fatal heart defects, a nonprofit organization namely – OpHeart has now been in charge of managing the 3D Heart study as well.
Process of Treating Patients
Comprising of 400 pediatric patients, the study says that 200 out of these patients will be treated with the aid of 3D printed heart model that was made by Stratasys on its Connex multi-material 3D printers whereas the remaining 200 patients will be treated without the 3D printed heart models. Based on CT scans and MRI tests, the models for accurate replicas of the patient’s heart will be made from the patients in question.
The Pediatric Cardiologist from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Dr. Yoav Dori says that this study is exceptionally important as it will not only quantify our firsthand experience but will also update us about our 3D printed patient-specific models improving surgery, outcomes thereby resulting in lower treatment costs. And if it gets demonstrated empirically then it can be also be used as a game-changer for only treating patients across the board but also for treating the children with congenital heart defects.
Even the general manager of the healthcare solutions namely as Stratasys stated that it is a very proud moment for Stratasys for being the provider of tier 1 data evidence on using the patient-specific 3D printed surgical planning models. This type of gathered data will not only help in raising the awareness for our customers seeing the advantages on an individual patient basis but will also help in planning surgeries in a better way with faster recovery times.
3d Printed Anatomical Models
Being used for more and more pre-surgical planning, 3D printed anatomical models will not only help the patients in understanding the surgical procedures but will also provide surgeons with an accurate 3 dimensional visualization of what they will be operating on.
How 3D printing can turn out to be a life savior for everyone is eye witnessed by many doctors but unfortunately because of lack of resources they couldn’t quantifiably substantiate heretofore anecdotal evidence. “But the above study will be capable of doing it’ as said by Anne Garcia, the OpHeart Executive Director.