Complex Cerebrovascular Interventions
Facial Cleft Repair
Orthognathic 3D Planning
Evidence for Implant Design
3D-Printed Models Help Surgeons Conduct Complex Cerebrovascular Interventions Faster and without Complications

16-year-old Adam was suffering from arteriovenous malformations, in which tangles of arteries and veins connect abnormally. He faced a risk of serious vision loss if surgery was not conducted promptly and correctly. His surgeon at the Boston Children’s Hospital,  recognized that a 3D-printable model, based on the patient’s own CT scan data, would be vastly valuable for a good understanding of the anomaly.

Increasing Confidence for Tessier Facial Cleft Repair with a 3D-Printed Model

Dr. John Meara, M.D., D.M.D, at Boston Children’s Hospital, already helped five patients with Tessier facial clefts, a rare congenital, craniofacial anomaly. Recently, he was able to help a patient with a large fissure in her facial bone, which pushed her eyes far apart. To get a better understanding of her complex bone structure, the team uploaded her CT data into the Mimics Innovation Suite to make 3D virtual models of her skull that they could then print out.

Jaw Reconstruction and 3D Planning for Orthognathic Surgery

A 27-year-old man was suffering from the consequences of severe trauma to his lower jaw. Doctors at King’s College Hospital, London, planned the reconstruction of the missing hard tissues to support the overlying soft tissues and restore normal facial aesthetics and function. They planned a 3D bimaxillary orthognathic surgery to design a 3D-printed, patient-specific, titanium mandibular plate to restore facial symmetry and function. Planning the case in 3D gave the team a clearer view to decide on the best possible treatment plan and allowed them to design a perfectly matching implant.

Population-Based Evidence to Support a Good Implant Design

When launching a new implant system, how do you know that it will fit the vast majority of your target patient population and how can you prove this to your customers? This was a question hearing implant company Cochlear BAS was facing with the introduction of their new Baha® Attract bone conduction implant system. To validate their design, they turned to Materialise’s Anatomical Data Mining (ADaM™) services. Using a database of CT scans, Materialise virtually implanted the system and analyzed the fit, giving Cochlear BAS the evidence it needed to support its product launch.

Engineering on Anatomy

At Materialise, with our Mimics Innovation Suite, we're powering new innovations in biomedical research and helping others make discoveries that save lives. We're also taking patient-specific healthcare to new heights by working closely with experts in the planning and execution of complicated surgical procedures. Our solutions are comprehensive and flexible, and we invite you to explore our site and discover how they can work for you.

Materialise Medical: Solutions for hospitals

Webinar: Implementing 3D Printing in Your Hospital

Physicians around the globe share the same goal: providing the best care for their patients. In recent years, the complexity of procedures has increased, so has the need for enhanced planning, training and education. A growing number of interventionists and surgeons are using 3D-printed, patient-specific models in their practice to prepare for procedures with more confidence. Join this webinar if you are also considering to implement 3D Printing in your hospital!

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Join our Hands-On Training in Medical Image Based Engineering

Whether you are doing biomechanical research at a university, or designing patient-specific implants at a medical device company, the basic skills of medical 3D image segmentation, measurements, FEA meshing or custom implant design are a valuable asset. During this Orthopaedic & Cranio-Maxillofacial Innovation Course in Leuven, Belgium on February 22-23, you will learn about the most common applications and how to overcome typical challenges in Engineering on Anatomy, through a hands-on training.


Webinar: the quest for accurate implant placement
Webinar: Accurate Evaluation of Implant Placement

Publications about the accuracy of TKA implant placement and the value of patient-specific instruments, navigation systems or robotic surgery often have inconsistent conclusions and are mostly limited to the available X-ray-based 2D measurements. To improve 3D planning based technologies so they can become a standard of care, we need to prove their effectiveness in a more suitable manner. Prof. Vander Sloten (University of Leuven) gives a crash course on the concept of accuracy.