Recently, many veterinary practices have started making a shift from using images primarily for diagnostic purposes, to integrating 3D printing in patient-specific surgical planning. This has created enormous advantages for veterinary practices and their patients.
3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital image file. These 3D models can be produced in true size or as a scaled model which allow for a wide range of clinical uses.
As part of this, an increasing number of veterinary practices have integrated the practice of 3D printing in their veterinary care. Veterinary practices are now recognising the added value 3D printing brings to personalised patient care and the countless possibilities that are becoming a reality in creating better treatment options.
3D Bone Models
The most basic application of 3D-printing in veterinary orthopaedics is the creation of printed bone models. The ability to directly visualise a bone deformity can facilitate surgical planning, as well as allowing rehearsals for surgery.
Implants have significant potential advantages in more complex applications such as limb-sparing surgery and reconstruction of other large bone deficits.
Education & Learning
The medical industry often uses 3D printing to produce educational and teaching medical models. In Veterinary Medicine, the application of 3D printing is becoming revolutionary when treating patients.