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Respir Med. 2018 Jan;134:139-142. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2017.11.019. Epub 2017 Dec 2.

Integration of 3D printing and additive manufacturing in the interventional pulmonologist's toolbox.

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1
Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: Nicolas_Guibert@DFCI.HARVARD.EDU.
2
Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: lmhanna6@gmail.com.
3
Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: didier.a@chu-toulouse.fr.
4
AnatomikModeling Society, 19 rue Jean Mermoz, 31100 Toulouse, France. Electronic address: bmoreno@anatomikmodeling.com.
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AnatomikModeling Society, 19 rue Jean Mermoz, 31100 Toulouse, France. Electronic address: pleyx@anatomikmodeling.com.
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Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: plat.ga@chu-toulouse.fr.
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Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: mazieres.j@chu-toulouse.fr.
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Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Larrey, 24 chemin de Pouvourville, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. Electronic address: hermant.c@chu-toulouse.fr.

Abstract

New 3D technologies are rapidly entering into the surgical landscape, including in interventional pulmonology. The transition of 2D restricted data into a physical model of pathological airways by three-dimensional printing (3DP) allows rapid prototyping and fabrication of complex and patient-specific shapes and can thus help the physician to plan and guide complex procedures. Furthermore, computer-assisted designed (CAD) patient-specific devices have already helped surgeons overcome several therapeutic impasses and are likely to rapidly cover a wider range of situations. We report herein with a special focus on our clinical experience: i) how additive manufacturing is progressively integrated into the management of complex central airways diseases; ii) the appealing future directions of these new technologies, including the potential of the emerging technique of bioprinting; iii) the main pitfalls that could delay its introduction into routine care.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; Additive manufacturing; Central airway obstruction; Computer-assisted design; Interventional bronchoscopy

PMID:
29413501
DOI:
10.1016/j.rmed.2017.11.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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