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German Hospital Improves Life-Saving Vascular Surgeries with 3D Printed Patient Models

The Johannes Gutenberg University Hospital Mainz (University Hospital Mainz) is internationally recognized as a leader in medical research and development of cardiothoracic and vascular treatment. Dr. Bernhard Dorweiler, the Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, and his team use 3D printing to optimize treatment of the most complex, life-critical vascular cases.

3D printing is integrated into several areas of patient care, employed primarily during surgical planning to better visualize and diagnose complex cases faster. The highly-accurate, transparent 3D models also aid in the understanding of patients’ conditions and training future vascular surgeons.


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Surgeons use a highly-accurate, transparent 3D printed model to practice the complex implant of a stent through the patient’s arteries.

Surgeons use a highly-accurate, transparent 3D printed model to practice the complex implant of a stent through the patient’s arteries.

“With 3D printed models, we can quickly understand the cause of the issue and determine the best type of treatment.”

Dr. Bernhard Dorweiler, Johannes Gutenberg University Hospital Mainz