RSNA & ACR collaborate on medical 3D printing registry

The RSNA and the ACR are collaborating on the launch of a new medical 3D printing registry to collect 3D printing data at the point of clinical care.

A joint ACR-RSNA committee will govern the 3D printing registry which will launch in Q3 of 2019.

The announcement follows the release of four new Category III CPT codes for the use of creating anatomic models and anatomic guides with 3D printing. The clinical data gathered within the registry will enable essential analyses to demonstrate the clinical value of 3D printing, which has been challenging to date because of the rich diversity of clinical indications, the different technologies for generating physical models from medical images and the complexity of the models.

The ACR’s National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR) system plans to host the 3D printing registry once it goes live. The NRDR is a platform for clinical quality registries in imaging and currently houses six registries with more than 6,500 participant sites and over 150 million cumulative cases.