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The Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System, a network of medical centers under the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the University of Washington School (UW) of Medicine recently announced a two-year partnership aiming to advance medical 3D printing. Both organizations are collaborating to develop new applications for 3D printing in the diagnosis and treatment of complex heart conditions.
As part of the agreement, both organizations will share 3D printers, 3D materials, software and staff (physicians, researchers and engineers), with the goal of quickly developing new protocols for operational planning procedures using the technology. Examples include creating patient-specific 3D printed models to help treat mitral valve disease, a complex heart abnormality. Dr. Beth Ripley is a VA Puget Sound radiologist, VHA Senior Innovations Fellow and VHA 3D Printing Advisory Committee chair. Speaking to 3D Printing Industry about the recent partnership, Dr. Ripley explains her view for the future of 3D printing in hospitals and medical care.
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“Imagine the power of holding a life-sized 3D model of your own heart in your hands while your cardiologist discusses your treatment plan and walks you through your upcoming procedure step by step. This is the reality that we want for all of our patients,” comments Dr. Ripley.
“AS THE LARGEST INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES AND ONE OF THE LARGEST HOSPITAL-BASED 3D PRINTING NETWORKS, THE VA IS DEFINING HOW 3D PRINTING IS BEING USED NOW AND HOW IT WILL BE USED IN THE FUTURE.”
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The VA Puget network covers VHA medical centers serving the Seattle and Tacoma areas of Washington state, providing healthcare to over 105,000 veterans living in 14 counties around the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Focusing on innovation in providing healthcare to veterans, VA Puget Sound has demonstrated a continuous effort in bringing 3D printing to patient...
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