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A ground breaking project which uses 3D technology to get an accurate printed model of a patient’s heart before surgery is underway, reports. The program will be funded by Hampshire charity Wessex Heartbeat, and the technology will be used by clinicians operating on children at University Hospital Southampton.

3D modelling is being more widely used throughout the NHS, for greater accuracy in the pre-operative planning stage for children with congenital heart disease (CHD). The recreation of the patient’s heart will give in-depth insights for surgeons, allowing them to plan procedures down to the last tiny detail.

Mr Nicola Viola, who is one of the UK’s top paediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgeons said: “Working with Axial3D’s 3D printing team allows us to focus on the patient’s heart in the confidence that they are printing exactly what we need.”

“Even more importantly, the ability to customise each model before printing allows us to personalise treatment further, ensuring that we know exactly what we are dealing with before reaching the operating theatre.”

The more efficient method of surgery will also reduce the number of invasive operations the child will have to undergo in the future, as well as giving peace of mind to the family. The 3D printing service is provided by Axial3D, who are specialists in this field, and can create and ship a model in under 48 hours.

The firm are hoping to dispel myths that 3D printing within the medical sector is a drawn out and expensive process. They have made their printing hub accessible to all NHS and private hospitals.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the UK and is especially devastating for children and their families. The revolutionary technology will transform and personalise treatment, and can also be used to provide training opportunities.

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