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3D Systems completes 100,000 medical cases, deal with Stryker for 3D printed medical models

3D Systems is to offer its Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology and range of 3D anatomical models through medical technology firm Stryker.

The distribution partnership will also see Stryker distributing 3D Systems’ cranio-maxillofacial models. Like VSP, this technology can also reduce the time taken to complete operations.

3D printed and modeled anatomical structures from 3D Systems. Image via Stryker.

3D modeling and 3D printing for surgical procedures

VSP is an FDA-cleared technology system that facilitates personalized surgery. It involves taking multiple CT scans of patients to create detailed 3D imaging. This can then be used to make surgical guides, templates, and 3D models.

Since the technology is service-based, 3D Systems biomedical engineers are on hand to discuss the surgical planning with the surgeons, before patient-specific models, guides, and case reports are generated.

3D Systems has provided VSP or anatomical services in more than 100,000 cases, including facial reconstruction surgery and full facial transplants.

3D printed models from VSP Reconstruction. Image via Stryker.
3D printed models from VSP Reconstruction. Image via Stryker.

A clear 3D visualization of patient anatomy

As the exclusive provider of 3D Systems’ 3D medical models and VSP, Stryker will now offer VSP Orthognathics, VSP Reconstruction, and VSP Cranial technology. 

“With the advancement of 3D printing, combined with the surgeon’s ability to use our Virtual Surgical Planning and anatomical modeling technologies, a patient’s life can be forever changed,” said Kevin McAlea, executive VP, general manager of metals and healthcare, 3D Systems. He added that

“It provides surgeons with the ability to have a clear 3D visualization of a patient’s anatomy and to develop a customized surgical plan prior to even entering the operating room.”

“This partnership allows us to better support the rapidly evolving needs of our customers and accelerate innovation in the area of personalized medicine,” added David Mercado, VP and general manager of Stryker. “We are very pleased that 3D Systems chose us as their long-term collaborator in this space.”

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Featured image shows surgeons delivering enhanced surgical treatments using 3D Systems VSP. Photo via 3D Systems.