3D printed anatomical model transforms surgical plan and informed consent process in paediatric RVOT case

A fifteen-year-old female patient presented with right ventricular outflow tract, otherwise known as RVOT. RVOT ventricular tachycardias (VT) occur in the absence of structural heart disease and are called idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias. These arrhythmias are thought to be produced by adenosine-sensitive, cyclic AMP mediated, triggered activity and are common in adolescents and young adults. (Source: Abdel J. Fuenmayor MD, Journal of Atrial Fibrillation)

The surgeon was unsure of which surgical approach to take, so he requested a 3D printed model of the patient’s heart to gain additional insight and have more information to hand before proceeding. In this case, having access to the 3D anatomical model had a dramatic impact on the surgical plan as the surgeon completely changed his planned approach upon receiving the 3D model.

Additionally, the cardiologist used the 3D model to explain the surgical approach to the girl’s parents. Not only was the model useful for patient education, but it proved important to the informed consent process too, as without having the 3D model he would have had to illustrate the complex issues within their child’s heart on a piece of paper and use CT images to highlight the plan to the girl’s parents.

“When the parents have the model in their hands they not only have a better understanding of the pathology and surgical plan but they can give informed consent.”

It can be extremely difficult to fully explain and visualize complex 3D structures using these traditional 2D methods. With help from Axial3D, the surgeon was able to place an exact replica of their child’s heart in the parent’s hands and talk them through the surgical plan and gain their consent. As the model was created in two parts, the heart could be opened, allowing the inside to be fully visualized and accessible.

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