3D printing helps with treatment of aneurysm

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Teresa Flint had been experiencing diminished vision and headaches that were diagnosed as signs of an aneurysm, which is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, usually where it branches.

Options for treatment are said to be very risky as no two cases are identical and require deep understanding of each patient’s unique vascular anatomy.

The Jacobs Institute (JI), physicians at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute and biomedical engineers at the University at Buffalo joined forces with Stratasys to develop a new approach to the repair Flint’s aneurysm.

“We took the image of the aneurysm based on her scans to generate an exact replica of the entire brain vessel anatomy. The Stratasys 3D printed model enabled us to devise a much more optimal means to treat her,” said Dr Adnan H. Siddiqui, chief medical officer at The Jacobs Institute.

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