- Dedicated technologist creating and printing 3-D surgical models on site
- Some of the most technologically advanced equipment available
- Rapid imaging interpretations by experts in the radiology field
Three-dimensional (3-D) printing is now being used to help doctors plan patients' surgeries. Individually created 3-D models help surgeons better understand the unique anatomy of a patient before heading into the operating room.
“Not all anatomy can be easily or even fully understood from a book,” says James Brown, MD, a radiologist who is the co-founder and director of 3-D printing, and an assistant professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at Yale School of Medicine. “When a surgeon is able to have a patient-specific 3-D model to study prior to surgery, it can enhance the understanding of a patient’s anatomy that may change the approach to the surgical procedure.”
At Yale Medicine, we have some of the most technologically advanced equipment available, including 3-D printing technology. Dedicated technologists create these surgical models on site for our surgeons when needed.