3D printing of cardiac valves and structures for high fidelity simulations for teaching and intervention preparation.
Since the summer of 2016, the Bordeaux University Hospital has been conducting experiments on a Stream 30 to understand the added value that a professional 3D printercould bring to everyday applications in the hospital.
They began their experiments by scanningvalves for 3D printing.
In a second step, they chose to combine the information provided by CT and echocardiography to model and print more complete cardiac structures that they now use for high-fidelity simulationapplications for teaching and procedure preparation.
So they created real ghosts dedicated to learning 3D ETO.
More recently, they have expanded the scope to include congenital heart surgery.
They were able to simulate the implantation of a melody valve in the mitral position in a baby operated 3 times for a complete atrio ventricular canal with major residual leak and refractory heart failure.
The purpose of the 3D printing was to evaluate the position of the valve in relation to the left ventricular outflow tract, and to judge the risk of occurrence of left ventricular ejection obstruction.
Les résultats de ces expériences, en partenariat avec Volumic, ont été présentées mi juin 2017 par le Professeur Lafitte et son équipe lors du congrès Paris Echo (Palais des Congrès de Paris) et ont suscité un très vif intérêt auprès des congressistes.