3D Printing for Better Heart Occluder Placement

What a brilliant idea!  Heartwire by Medscape presented  a case report where Australian physicians are taking advantage of 3D printing to create an exact replica of the patient’s cardiac anatomy when planning left atrial appendage (LAA) closure procedures.


Can’t help wondering…

Could 3-D printing also be used in other cardiac procedures?

Perhaps to better size PFO occluders prior to placement?

Here’s the link to the full article:

Personalized 3D Printing of Heart Model Aids in LAA-Closure Procedure: Case Report