Ir J Med Sci (2017) 186:753–756 DOI 10.1007/s11845-017-1564-5 BRIEF REPORT The role of 3D printing in preoperative planning for heart transplantation in complex congenital heart disease 1 2 3 2 3 • • • • • M. L. Smith J. McGuinness M. K. O’Reilly L. Nolke J. G. Murray J. F. X. Jones Received: 9 January 2017 / Accepted: 16 January 2017 / Published online: 25 January 2017 Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2017 Abstract duration and cross-clamp time which are recognised to Background The presence of a structural cardiac defect in correlate with reduced patient morbidity. the setting of dextrocardia is extremely rare. Graspable Conclusion The ongoing advances in medical image pro- models allow enhanced appreciation of aberrant structures curement and 3D processing software and printing tech- and vascular relations, particularly in rare and complex nology will continue to enhance preoperative planning and cases. This is the ﬁrst case report of the use of a replica of a thereby improve patient care. We demonstrate the pivotal patients’ anatomy to plan the surgical strategy in the setting role played by such technologies in advancing spatial of dextrocardia. comprehension of complex aberrant anatomy. Aims We intend to demonstrate the
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