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    Three-dimensional printing in congenital heart disease

    Considerations on training and clinical implementation from a teaching session


    Biglino, G, Milano, EG, Capelli, C, Wray, J, Shearn, AI, Caputo, M, Bucciarelli-Ducci, C, Taylor, AM & Schievano, S, 2019, ‘Three-dimensional printing in congenital heart disease: Considerations on training and clinical implementation from a teaching session’. International Journal of Artificial Organs., pp. 391398819849074


    In light of growing interest for three-dimensional printing technology in the cardiovascular community, this study focused on exploring the possibilities of providing training for cardiovascular three-dimensional printing in the context of a relevant international congress and providing considerations on the delivery of such courses. As a second objective, the study sought to capture preferences in relation to three-dimensional printing uses and set-ups from those attending the training session. A survey was administered to n = 30 professionals involved or interested in three-dimensional printing cardiovascular models following a specialised teaching session. Survey results suggest the potential for split training sessions, with a broader introduction for those with no prior experience in three-dimensional printing followed by a more in-depth and hands-on session. All participants agreed on the potential of the technology in all its applications, particularly for aiding decision-making around complex surgical or interventional cases. When exploring setting up an in-house three-dimensional printing service, the majority of participants reported that their centre was already equipped with an in-house facility or expressed a desire that such a facility should be available, with a minority preferring consigning models to an external third party for printing.

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