Using image processing software a surface mesh can be defined to represent the anatomy.
The mesh can be visualised either as surface rendered model in software or it can be 3D printed as a physical object.
We offer several options to view the model in software; as a 3D PDF, using a web browser or using a Virtual Reality headset. These offer an interactive visualisation where the model can be rotated, zoomed and each part can be made semi-transparent or removed completely to allow better view of the internal anatomy.
We can combine information from different scans (such as a CT and MRI) into the same model. This gives the clinician all the available information in a single view which improves the interpretation time.
3D Models and
Anatomical 3D printed models are increasingly being used in disciplines such as orthopaedic surgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery, ENT, cardiovascular disease, anaplastology and neurosurgery. They are predominately used for surgical planning but are also used in training and education and as a communication tool to explain procedures with patients.
The Sheffield 3DLab introduced 3D printing in 2016 with a partnership with the University of Sheffield.
The 3DLab has both Formlabs Form 2 and Form 3B SLA 3D printers, which have the capability of producing bio-compatible surgical guides.