In this day and age, 3-D printing seems to be the trend that doesn’t show any indication of losing steam. In fact, the technology is quickly advancing and new applications for it are being discovered every day. For the maker community and hobbyists, 3-D printing represents a democratization of manufacturing, marking a new wave of mass personalization and offering the layman the opportunity to return to the age of working with their hands... Read More.
Audrina Cardenas was born in October 2012 with a rare congenital disease called ectopia cordis, where her heart formed outside the chest. The disease affects only one in eight million and nine out of 10 sufferers are stillborn or die within three days. The mother, Ms. Cardenas was given three difficult options – abort the baby, carry her to term knowing she would die, or have doctors to construct a hole in her baby’s chest shortly after birth in an attempt to make room for the heart... Read More.
Houston doctors have successfully separated two identical twin girls conjoined at their chest and abdomen, a procedure so complex it required a multi-disciplinary team of 75 clinicians from eight specialties... Read More.
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.