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Innovation in respiratory therapy and the use of three-dimensional printing for tracheostomy management.

West AJ, Taylor K, Rickey DW - Can J Respir Ther (2015)

Bottom Line: Technological advances have influenced practice patterns and innovation in many health disciplines, including respiratory therapy.Collaborative approaches and knowledge-sharing environments are vital in addressing problems and adopting emerging technology.This article illustrates how the emergence of low-cost three-dimensional printing technology to physically reproduce the results of computed tomography imaging data can provide ways to assess airway abnormalities and symptomology not explained by traditional diagnostic methods.

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Affiliation: College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba;

ABSTRACT
Technological advances have influenced practice patterns and innovation in many health disciplines, including respiratory therapy. Collaborative approaches and knowledge-sharing environments are vital in addressing problems and adopting emerging technology. This article illustrates how the emergence of low-cost three-dimensional printing technology to physically reproduce the results of computed tomography imaging data can provide ways to assess airway abnormalities and symptomology not explained by traditional diagnostic methods.

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Computer rendering of a stereolithography (stl) file developed from high-resolution computed tomography scan, from which a negative model of the tracheal lumen could be created using a three-dimensional printer.AExtensive anatomical abnormality
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Mentions: In this example, a client underwent a high-resolution CT scan. The resulting images were then imported into 3D modelling software (3D Doctor V5, Able Software Corp, USA) in which the trachea was outlined. Although parts of this task were automated, several hours of manual work by the medical devices personnel was necessary. A significant challenge is that because a trachea tube was in place during the CT scan, it was subsequently necessary to remove it from each image manually (Figure 1). The resulting outline of the trachea was then exported as a stereolithography (stl) file from which tracheal models were printed using a consumer-grade fused-deposition printer (Solidoodle 3, Solidoodle LLC, USA and MakerGear M2, MakerGear LLC, USA) (Figures 2 and 3). Printing the tracheal models was relatively straightforward as either a positive that was a copy of the patient anatomy, or as a negative that revealed the lumen of the trachea.


Innovation in respiratory therapy and the use of three-dimensional printing for tracheostomy management.

West AJ, Taylor K, Rickey DW - Can J Respir Ther (2015)

Computer rendering of a stereolithography (stl) file developed from high-resolution computed tomography scan, from which a negative model of the tracheal lumen could be created using a three-dimensional printer.AExtensive anatomical abnormality
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f3-cjrt-51-69: Computer rendering of a stereolithography (stl) file developed from high-resolution computed tomography scan, from which a negative model of the tracheal lumen could be created using a three-dimensional printer.AExtensive anatomical abnormality
Mentions: In this example, a client underwent a high-resolution CT scan. The resulting images were then imported into 3D modelling software (3D Doctor V5, Able Software Corp, USA) in which the trachea was outlined. Although parts of this task were automated, several hours of manual work by the medical devices personnel was necessary. A significant challenge is that because a trachea tube was in place during the CT scan, it was subsequently necessary to remove it from each image manually (Figure 1). The resulting outline of the trachea was then exported as a stereolithography (stl) file from which tracheal models were printed using a consumer-grade fused-deposition printer (Solidoodle 3, Solidoodle LLC, USA and MakerGear M2, MakerGear LLC, USA) (Figures 2 and 3). Printing the tracheal models was relatively straightforward as either a positive that was a copy of the patient anatomy, or as a negative that revealed the lumen of the trachea.

Bottom Line: Technological advances have influenced practice patterns and innovation in many health disciplines, including respiratory therapy.Collaborative approaches and knowledge-sharing environments are vital in addressing problems and adopting emerging technology.This article illustrates how the emergence of low-cost three-dimensional printing technology to physically reproduce the results of computed tomography imaging data can provide ways to assess airway abnormalities and symptomology not explained by traditional diagnostic methods.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba;

ABSTRACT
Technological advances have influenced practice patterns and innovation in many health disciplines, including respiratory therapy. Collaborative approaches and knowledge-sharing environments are vital in addressing problems and adopting emerging technology. This article illustrates how the emergence of low-cost three-dimensional printing technology to physically reproduce the results of computed tomography imaging data can provide ways to assess airway abnormalities and symptomology not explained by traditional diagnostic methods.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus