Stratasys is partnering with yet another healthcare firm to further strengthen its impact in the health care sector. The company is partnering with Ricoh USA, Inc. The brand new RICOH 3D Healthcare will grant additively manufactured anatomical models created using Stratasys 3D printing technology.
A perfect copy of the human anatomy, among others, is one of the increasingly popular ways that the medical industry is using 3D printing.
Since it can help scientists, researchers, doctors and physicians diagnose and treat conditions, they even train for surgeries.
Thanks to this latest initiative, there would be an increase in the ease of medical practitioners, including those not in hospitals or in smaller clinics, to the advantage of the technology.
Though 3D printing has been used in various ways in the medical sector,
Surgery before the surgery
An increasingly popular way of using additive manufacturing in the medical space is through anatomical models. Thanks to additive manufacturing, physicians and other health care practitioners, most especially surgeons, can reproduce precise anatomical models of a patient, which they can then study to create better treatment options.
Noteworthy is the fact that it is known to reduce surgery time and errors as surgeons can practice before difficult surgeries, enabling knowledge of the patient’s body before the surgery.
It has grown in so much popularity that some hospitals have started training on 3D printing to ensure doctors, and physicians get the most out of additive manufacturing in the medical space.
With RICOH 3D for Healthcare, they are enabling an end-to-end workflow that has been designed to ensure ease of design, and the creation of anatomic models for healthcare providers.
The entire workflow is shown in the above image.
Clients will be able to input their radiology scans and requests on end before they are transferred to RICOH 3D, manufactured and then shipped out.
To develop the models, they will make use of Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy™ Printers and Stratasys J5 MediJet™ 3D printer which can create lifelike anatomic models that imitates an individual patient’s pathology, the models can be controlled like human tissue and will enable clinicians to have more personalised healthcare and could be used for training.
the companies hope that with this workflow, 3D-printed models will be readily available outside universities and hospitals.
Improved Accessibility to 3D-printed models with the Ricoh solution
Scott Driakis, healthcare leader for Stratasys says,
” With our Ricoh Partnership, we are providing healthcare institutions with the opportunity to access patient care tools that previously they wouldn’t have access to,
With Ricoh 3D for Healthcare, providers can easily develop 3D-printed models of patient-specific anatomy using state-of-the-art technology through on-site managed services or an on-demand part approach.
This will illustrate the clinical and economic advantages of anatomical models.
while streamlining the historical obstacles of developing 3D printing programs in hospitals
Source: Stratasys, Businesswire