3D printing pioneers future of vascular health

Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), the University at Buffalo’s Clinical and Translational Research Centre (CTRC) and the Jacobs Institute (JI) are working as a team to innovate the way health organisations approach clinical training in vascular health care. Alongside leading 3D printing innovation experts Stratasys they share a collective vision to establish a world-leading vascular care centre of the future, these three bodies combine to allow researchers and clinical engineers to develop innovations in medical solutions.

Through these advanced training techniques physicians can participate in a hands-on, thorough training course providing cutting-edge medical solutions and training to future physicians.

We use 3D printing technology and materials to create a lifelike vascular environment that isn’t achievable any other way,” explained Michael Springer, the Director of Operations and Entrepreneurship at Jacobs Institute.

Physicians at the institute are able to produce 3D printed models of stroke patients or clots, aneurysms and other complex cases, not only providing customised solutions per patient while also offering surgical skill development in a risk-free environment.

Additionally, using AM models replaces processed cadavers where human tissue no longer retains the properties of living tissue whereas Stratasys’ Polyjet printing materials can closely simulate living human tissue. The models can be used throughout as an educational prop to communicate between surgical teams, patient families and the patients themselves.