The yellow and pink heart in Dr. Huie Lin's office is an exact replica of the one beating inside the chest of Allison Bennie — a 3-D model that helped save her life. Two years ago, the 29-year-old South Carolina woman came to Lin, an interventional cardiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, after being turned down for surgery elsewhere... Read More.
As therapeutic cardiac interventions become increasingly more complex, the ability to create patient-specific physical models prior to intervention has become an area of intense interest. Models of normal anatomy, congenital abnormalities, acquired pathology, and even abnormal valve function have all recently been reported. Here we discuss how these models are created... Read More.
Revolutionary surgical advancements during the second half of the 20th century have allowed patients with congenital heart disease to survive into their fifth and sixth decades for the first time in history. Unfortunately, it is a success story for which the medical community was unprepared... Read More.
He's been holding actual hearts in his hands for three decades. But a 3-D printed model of a heart and tumor has Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Michael Reardon excited. The model is of Linda Newell's heart, and the large cancerous tumor that had formed in a precarious location... Read More.