OpHeart, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide the best possible care for children born with life-threatening heart defects, has become a crusader for normalizing 3D printing medical practices across health care institutions. OpHeart’s founder, Anne Garcia, is spearheading fundraising efforts for patient trials and protocols to demonstrate the clinical and economic benefits of 3D printing.
Additive manufacturing has propelled advancements and has had life-changing impacts in the medical industry, resulting in improved and personalized patient care. Using Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing solutions, surgical teams can reproduce anatomical models that are derived from patient imaging and use those replicas to evaluate the best possible course of action for complex surgeries. Evaluation prior to surgery can increase the success of the operation and shorten the time in the operating room.