Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute Uses 3D Printed Arteries to Diagnose and Treat Diseases
The Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute (DPCI) is using 3D printing to help diagnose and treat cardiac disease. Established in 1954 and internationally renowned for specializing in the treatment of severe cardiac conditions, the hospital and research center has been using an Objet350 Connex multi-material 3D printer since 2012. A multidisciplinary team of doctors and engineers use it to print 3D prototypes of a patient’s arteries, and use those models to test how a patient’s artery will behave during a catheterization procedure.
DPCI is both a hospital and research center administrated by the São Paulo State Secretariat of Health. With 1,500 employees and 300 hospital beds, DPCI helps in the diagnosis, treatment and research of complex cardiac cases.
The Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute merges 3D printing technology and MRI and CT scans to determine future patient treatment.
"If we wish to work with a prototype that behaves similarly to an artery, it must have elastic properties. Printers that work with only rigid materials would not be functional for this use.”
Dr. Tiago Senra, Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute