Seattle Children’s 3D-Printed Models of Hearts Help Families Grasp Cardio Defects

Seattle Children’s 3D-Printed Models of Hearts Help Families Grasp Cardio Defects

Source: GeekWire

A pilot project at Seattle Children’s is helping make heart defects more tangible for patients and their families with the use of 3D models. A team led by Dr. Sujatha Buddhe, a Seattle Children’s cardiologist, took radiology images of different heart abnormalities from 18 patients and turned them into the models. The plastic, 3D hearts are up to five-times larger than a fetal or baby heart, which is about the size of a strawberry. The hearts come apart to allow views of the inside, and go back together like a puzzle held in place by magnets. The models are simplified to make them easier to comprehend, but still spatially accurate.

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