Gaining informed consent with 3D anatomical models


A 6 year old female patient presented with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Given the complexity of the patient’s condition, the surgeon’s ability to diagnose and treat the patient was significantly limited by utilizing CT images alone.


Axial3D created a the precision 3D model of the patient’s cardiac anatomy in a flexible polymer. The model was then used to plan a much more informed and transparent operative approach to ‘replumb’ the patient’s heart.

In addition, the model also served as a tool to fully explain the patient’s condition, leading to much more informed consent by her parents for the surgery.

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