Scientists create accurate 3D print of the heart




Scientists from an American children’s have described a way to make a highly accurate 3D-print of the heart. By printing with more detail the heart of a patient for example, must be easier to diagnose.

The new way to create a 3D scan works with different methods of imaging, so describe the researchers. A scan is made with a CT-scanner and images are provided with a 3D echocardiograph. That method was found by scientists to yield good images and also makes it possible to involve a third technology: MRI scanner, which produces images with magnetism.

By combining the data from the various scanning methods according to the inventors, there could be made a more precise image of the heart than was possible up to now. The data is then converted to a 3D print. The printed heart can be used by doctors, for example, the anatomy can see what is wrong with the heart of a patient. So a doctor can decide better whether a disease or may not need surgery.

The heart consists of different structures, such as the atria and ventricles, not all with technology are equally visible. Whether the improvement of the scanning method can also provide for the printing of a transplantable heart, the scientists have also not over from there.


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