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3D Models Help Surgeons Plan

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 4:57am

ACRM Corp's patent pending process of rendering three-dimensional models from CT and MRI scans allows physicians and surgeons to hold an exact, anatomically correct replica of the patient's spine, skull or other skeletal part.

An expert medical stereolithographer carefully analyzes and formats the patient's CT or MRI scan to optimize it for production.

This three-dimensional model allows the surgeon to accurately practice a delicate procedure and thoroughly evaluate a patient's condition prior to surgery.

The ACRM model is an exact replica of a patient's anatomy, accurate to 1/35th of a millimeter. They are not 'general' or 'standard' models.

Each model is unique. Derived from the patient's CT or MRI scan, the models are an exact replica of the patient's anatomy in a bone-like powder via our patent pending production process. * An anatomically correct 3-D model can be used for analysis and diagnosis. * Is a valuable tool for surgeons to prepare and "dry-run" an operation -- thereby reducing the overall risk and time of the medical procedure. * A tangible and patient-specific model that surgeons and medical professionals can use to explain an upcoming procedure to patients and family members. * Can be used to demonstrate actual patient anatomy for education. * Identifies defects not found with 2D imaging.

KLAS TV-8 ran this story on our Master Stereolithographer, Tim Mueller, outlining the benefits of using 3D models for pre-surgical planning for orthopedic surgeons.

The news article did not cover the cost savings incurred by using medical models. By using a 3D model that is patient specific, the orthopedic surgeon can reduce total surgery time by 10-15%, which results in tens of thousands of dollars in total surgical cost.

 

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