3D Printing to Understand and Heal Hearts at Henry Ford Health System

August 4, 2017 -

Source: 3dprint.com

By Sarah Anderson Goehrke

To heal the heart, we have to use our brains — and the human brain understands three dimensions. The difference between a 2D CT scan and a 3D printed model made after manipulating CAD files can be, quite literally, the difference between life and death. In less dire terms, a physical model made on a 1:1 scale of a patient’s heart allows for unprecedented understanding of a condition and any procedures it requires, allowing both doctor and patient to come to terms with the exact internal situation. Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and the Henry Ford Innovation Institute have now touched more than 500 lives using 3D technologies, and this is just the beginning.

Read more: https://3dprint.com/182979/3d-printing-hearts-at-henry-ford/

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