Stratasys, the leading manufacturer of 3D printing solutions, has announced a new partnership, this time strengthening its presence in the healthcare sector. In collaboration with Ricoh USA, Inc, the new RICOH 3D for Healthcare will provide patient-specific 3D printed anatomical models made using Stratasys 3D printing technologies. Perfectly replicated anatomical models are one of the increasingly popular ways for the medical industry to embrace 3D printing, as it can help physicians diagnose, treat conditions, and even train in surgical procedures. This latest endeavor will make it even easier for more medical providers, including those who are not in hospitals or small clinics, to access the benefits of technology.
Although 3D printing is used in different ways in the medical industry, one of the most popular is that of anatomical models. Through 3D printing, doctors and other healthcare providers, especially surgeons, are able to create perfect anatomical models of a patient that they can then study to develop better treatment options. Notably, it’s known to help reduce surgery time and errors, as surgeons can practice before difficult surgeries, making sure they know what they’re doing every step of the way. In fact, it has become so popular in recent years that some hospitals have even started training in 3D printing to ensure that healthcare professionals can get the most out of the technology.
In the case of RICOH 3D for Healthcare, they provide an end-to-end workflow designed to simplify the design and production of anatomical models for healthcare providers. The whole workflow solution can be seen in the image above. Customers will be able to put their X-ray analyzes and requests to one end before they are transferred to Ricoh 3D, manufactured and then shipped. To create the models they will use the Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomyâ¢ printer and Stratasys J5 MediJetâ¢ 3D printer capable of creating realistic anatomical models that reflect a patient’s pathology. These models can also be physically manipulated like human tissue and will allow clinicians to have more personalized care although they can also be used for training purposes. Companies hope that this workflow will make 3D printed models more easily accessible even outside of large hospitals or universities.
Scott Drikakis, Healthcare Segment Leader for Stratasys, commented: âThrough our partnership with Ricoh, we are empowering healthcare facilities to access patient care tools that they may not have previously had. With Ricoh 3D for Healthcare, providers can easily generate 3D printed models of specific patient anatomy using cutting-edge technology through on-site managed services or a parts-on-demand approach. This will demonstrate the clinical and economic benefits of anatomical models, while streamlining the historical challenges of implementing 3D printing programs in hospitals. You can find out more in the press release HERE.
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