3D Printing Technology

Also known as: cardiac 3D printing.

What is 3D printing technology (heart)?

3D printing is a rapidly growing new technology that allows heart doctors to see a three-dimensional (3D) replica of the heart from special x-rays of the heart (for example a CT scanner; computerized scan - CT or CAT scan or Computerized axial tomography scanner which takes 2-dimensional pictures of the heart). This technology allows the cardiologist to examine very complex hearts from every angle and even see inside it. Using resins, thermoplastics, photopolymers or other materials, the printer, using the information from the radiological studies, can then make an exact replica (model) of the heart.

What happens during the procedure?

Your child will be taken to the radiology department for specialized x-rays and from the information and images from those radiological studies (such as magnetic resonance imaging-MRI or CT scans) the printer will create a working 3D model of the heart.

Is any special preparation needed?

Other than the preparation for the specialized radiological studies, no additional preparation is needed.

What are the risk factors?

No additional risk is present for 3D imaging or model construction.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 8/31/2018 9:06:31 AM