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Current and future applications of 3D printing in congenital cardiology and cardiac surgery

Milano, EG; Capelli, C; Wray, J; Biffi, B; Layton, S; Lee, M; Caputo, M; ... Biglino, G; + view all (2018) Current and future applications of 3D printing in congenital cardiology and cardiac surgery. British Journal of Radiology , 92 (1094) , Article 20180389. 10.1259/bjr.20180389. Green open access

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology in congenital cardiology and cardiac surgery has experienced a rapid development over the last decade. In presence of complex cardiac and extra-cardiac anatomies, the creation of a physical, patient-specific model is attractive to most clinicians. However, at the present time, there is still a lack of strong scientific evidence of the benefit of 3D models in clinical practice and only qualitative evaluation of the models has been used to investigate their clinical use. 3D models can be printed in rigid or flexible materials, and the original size can be augmented depending on the application the models are needed for. The most common applications of 3D models at present include procedural planning of complex surgical or interventional cases, in vitro simulation for research purposes, training and communication with patients and families. The aim of this pictorial review is to describe the basic principles of this technology and present its current and future applications.

Type: Article
Title: Current and future applications of 3D printing in congenital cardiology and cardiac surgery
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20180389
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20180389
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Childrens Cardiovascular Disease
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060187
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