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Stratasys Opens ‘3D Printing Center of Excellence’ at Children’s Hospital

3DPrint reports on another successful Stratasys launch.  Stratasys has opened a ‘3D Printing Center of Excellence’ at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cardinal Glennon, a “Best Children’s Hospital,” according to US News and World Report, “has been working with 3D printing for a while, namely a Stratasys J750 multi-color, multi-material 3D printer.”

Stratasys’ new ‘3D Printing Center of Excellence’ will allow Cardinal Glennon’s staff to innovate “in multiple 3D printing-related medical areas, including pre-surgical preparation, medical research, and patient treatment.  Areas of focus include neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiac treatment, and hand & cranio maxillofacial reconstructive surgery.”

Cardinal Glennon’s President, Steven Burghart, elaborated further: “as a leading pediatric care and academic research facility, we’re committed to continuous improvement by harnessing cutting-edge tools like 3D printing.  The Stratasys J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printing solution allows us to do just that – powering unprecedented breakthroughs in planning and treatment.  Our Center of Excellence stems from a long-standing partnership with Stratasys, working together to raise the bar in all that’s possible in patient care.”

Alexander Lin, MD, who is a plastic surgeon and Co-Founder of the ‘3D Printing Center of Excellence’ added: “3D printing provides increased confidence in the operating room and results in a faster, more efficient operation.  In a recent plastic surgery reconstruction of a skull defect, we used a 3D printed intraoperative guide, which matched the skull precisely.  Without hesitation, we could use this guide to create a precisely shaped bone graft perfectly matching the skull defect.  In the past, this process would have been estimated, which can lead to longer surgery with higher risk of brain and blood loss, and a less precisely fitted reconstruction.”

GM of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys, Scott Rader, concluded: “numerous advances have expanded treatment options for patients, particularly those who need highly advanced medical care.  Stratasys depends on our clinical partners to demonstrate patient benefit using 3D printing in training and the flow of patient care.  To fully realize Dr. Lin’s vision of optimizing treatment, there needs to be greater collaboration between industry and thought leading institutions to create standards, best-practices, and to develop the fact base on how to get the most from a hospital-based 3D printing program.  Led by some of the industry’s most respected medical professionals and backed by Stratasys technology, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital’s new Center of Excellence will quickly become the gold standard demonstrating everything possible with medical 3D printing.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of 3DPrint and Stratasys

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