3D printing anatomically correct models to help Medical professionals

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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 additive 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 and 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 accessibility 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 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 the design,

and the creation of anatomic models for healthcare providers.


The entire workflow is seen in the above image.
Clients will be able to input their radiology scans and requests in on end before transfer 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 would be readily available outside universities and hospitals.

Improved Accesibility to 3D printed models


Furthermore,
Scott Driakis, healthcare leader for Stratasys says,
” With our Ricoh Partnership, we are providing healthcare institutions with the opportunity to access patient’s care tool 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 on-demand part approach.

This will illustrate the clinical and economic advantages of anatomic models,

while streamlining the historical obstacles of developing 3D printing programs in hospitals

Source: Stratasys, Businesswire

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