Our Materalise Brazil office recently took the initiative to start a lecture series in Brazil entitled: “Innovation in 3D technology for health”. The aim of the lectures is to create awareness about the possibilities of 3D Printing for healthcare professionals, and how our technology can help hospitals treat their patients more effectively. The lectures, attended by over 300 academics, operators and hospital staff, took place at three different universities throughout the country.
We asked some of the attendees what they thought about the lecture. Thiago Nunes Palhares, an MSc student in Material Sciences at the UFRJ said, “The Mimics Innovation Suite (MIS) promotes simplicity for complex cases and rapid prototyping directly in the 3D printer. This software goes through medicine and engineering in an easy and intuitive way. I strongly believe that in my research about 3D Printing bone grafts, MIS will provide powerful solutions and tools to save lives.” His colleague, Msc. Lia Souza Coelho (PhD at the UFRJ), agrees. “Mimics Innovation Suite has taken my knowledge and my research to higher levels. Now I can go beyond the boundaries of my research and explore new horizons in animal research.”
An interesting example on the use of medical 3D Printing in Brazil is the case of a 38-year-old man with an aorto-pulmonary window and a right aortic arch, meaning the aorta and pulmonary artery were connected. His aorta also led to the right side of his body instead of the left, which caused shortness of breath. To treat the defect, Dr Carlos A C Pedra (MD, PhD, FACC, FSCAI) at the Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia decided to implant a double-disc device to close the connection. To visualize the defect clearly, the patient’s aorta and pulmonary artery were reconstructed in 3D, and printed out with two windows integrated into the heart model so the defect was clearly visible.
By illustrating the possibilities of medical 3D Printing, we hope to create awareness about 3D Printing in Brazil, where the technology is still relatively unknown. We look forward to creating new projects and touching more people through further lectures, symposiums, conferences and much more in 2017!