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Curr Cardiol Rep. 2018 May 10;20(6):47. doi: 10.1007/s11886-018-0992-9.

The Various Applications of 3D Printing in Cardiovascular Diseases.

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1
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905, USA.
2
Division of Vascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
3
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
4
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
5
Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
6
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905, USA. foley.thomas@mayo.edu.
7
Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. foley.thomas@mayo.edu.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To highlight the various applications of 3D printing in cardiovascular disease and discuss its limitations and future direction.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Use of handheld 3D printed models of cardiovascular structures has emerged as a facile modality in procedural and surgical planning as well as education and communication. Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a novel imaging modality which involves creating patient-specific models of cardiovascular structures. As percutaneous and surgical therapies evolve, spatial recognition of complex cardiovascular anatomic relationships by cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons is imperative. Handheld 3D printed models of cardiovascular structures provide a facile and intuitive road map for procedural and surgical planning, complementing conventional imaging modalities. Moreover, 3D printed models are efficacious educational and communication tools. This review highlights the various applications of 3D printing in cardiovascular diseases and discusses its limitations and future directions.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; Cardiac surgery; Procedural planning; Structural interventions

PMID:
29749577
DOI:
10.1007/s11886-018-0992-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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