Even as a surgeon, 2D medical scans of a patient’s anatomy can be difficult to understand and interpret when forming a diagnosis or devising a pre-operative plan.

In educating a patient about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a surgical plan, these scans are the only patient-specific tools available, making the process of gaining informed consent in spine surgery extremely challenging and even more difficult is patient education in very complex and high risk cases, for example, surgery on spinal deformities and fractures.

Have you ever struggled helping patients to understand what they are seeing in their CT scan and how it relates to your proposed surgical plan?

Do you wish you had a more effective educational tool at your disposal that would put the patients’ mind at ease and ensure their conversion? This may very well be the answer you are looking for.

The use of 3D printed models of a patient’s anatomy has been shown to increase patient understanding of a surgical procedure. A 3D printed model of a patient’s spine, derived from its CT scan, can transform their understanding of the spinal deformity or injury and the proposed surgical plan. It provides surgeons with a powerful visualization tool for educating the patients and through holding and touching the models that can truly solidify their understanding and make a fully informed decision about the surgery. 3D printed models can truly revolutionize patient education and informed consent for spinal surgeries.

A comparison of 2D medical images VS a 3D model of the spine of a 14-year-old boy who has suffered from scoliosis all of his life.

Rather than just reading about how 3D modeling can transform patient education, why not see for yourself? As a valued reader, we’d like to offer you a free 3D anatomical model for an upcoming spine surgery case, to support planning and in patient education and gaining consent. You can register here in just a minute or two, and one of our service specialists will be in touch to assist you in placing your free order.

Discover more: Read ‘5 reasons your spine department needs 3D modeling in 2021


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