Each year The Radiological Society of North America hosts a global forum, drawing tens of thousands to their event in Chicago. Along with radiologists from 136 countries, medical physicists and a host of other medical professionals attend as well, with 2016 marking the 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. Wondering what that might have to do with 3D printing? Two words: medical models. And this is where Materialise comes in.
Headquartered in Belgium, Materialise is the undeniable leader not only in 3D printing software and services, but also in working with medical professionals to create a wide range of different functional 3D printed medical models and tools that have made vast differences in the lives of patients all over the world. Their 3D printed medical models assist surgeons in complex and often new procedures—such as the successful reshaping of a baby’s skull to fix birth defects, to name one impressive example. The 3D printed models are also helpful in educating patients as they are diagnosed and begin receiving treatment plans, along with training medical students, and functioning as crucial surgical guides in the operating room too.
With over 25 years of experience in the 3D printing industry, Materialise is able to offer both the technology and tools that medical professionals need to move into the future, and these will be on display as RSNA kicks off on November 27, running through December 2, exhibiting in North – Hall B, #7808.
Those attending will be able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of Materialise’s Mimics inPrint software, to be explained in a series of four workshops. The Materialise team will introduce the process of converting digital images into 3D printed medical models, and those engaging in the workshops will learn how to use the software to benefit the 3D printing programs ongoing or beginning in their own hospitals.
Wilfried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise, will be speaking to the 3D Printing Special Interest Group (November 27 at 1:00 PM), exploring the topics of evidence-based medicine and using 3D printed anatomical models, as well as 3D printed surgical guides and implants.
The Materialise team will also be speaking with radiologists at their booth (2:00 PM), as their experts offer information about their lineup of 3D printing solutions and how to integrate the technology into the hospital setting. At RSNA, Materialise will also:
- Feature Mimics software in the 3D printed education area
- Launch AnatomyPrint, a 3D printing solution for creating medical models
- Announce the winners of the 2016 Mimics Innovation Awards
“Radiologists have a unique opportunity to utilize 3D printing to benefit their patients and their practice, as well as to expand their roles within hospitals,” said Vancraen. “Leveraging our solutions during both the imaging stage with software like Mimics, and the production stage with our 3D printing services, providing 3D printed anatomical models has never been easier or more accessible for medical professionals.”
Discuss in the Materialise RSNA forum at 3DPB.com.
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