3D printing continues to shape healthcare with a direct impact on patient outcomes. The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting is upon us, and Stratasys is gearing up to improve medical education and patient care with new solutions. This year’s theme, “Beyond Imaging,” invites radiologists to explore new ways to collaborate. We’re bringing hands-on training, demonstrations and examples of how 3D printing is being used in hospitals today. Here’s a preview of what Stratasys and other experts we recommend will be covering and showcasing at the event next week:
1. Attend a 3D Printing ‘Continuing Medical Education’ Session (DEMO C3 260)
Fulfilling CME requirements represents an opportunity to learn new skills that can shape patient lives; use that time for something innovative that prepares you for the future of imaging. Join Stratasys medical experts along with a team of radiologists and other industry representatives for a 3D printing training session where you’ll learn how to take patient-specific MR and CT imaging, isolate the anatomy of interest, and prepare the files to be 3D printed as an anatomically accurate model for preoperative planning. Seating is limited to 250 physicians and technicians at each of the four sessions so please sign up today on the RSNA website. [In the search bar type, “3D printing (mimics) (hands-on)” to see our supported courses.]
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2. Attend the first meeting of the New 3D Printing Special Interest Group
RSNA has announced creation of a 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG), in partnership with Stratasys, as a community for subspecialties in medicine with radiology at the fulcrum. Set to become an industry authority on 3D printing and radiology, it’s the first collaborative group of its kind. In the Sunday session, Scott Crump, Stratasys founder and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) inventor, will speak to the group. 3D Printing SIG members will benefit from free advanced registration to premier medical meetings, funding opportunities, CME credits and a network exceeding 50,000+ professionals.
The SIG will focus on maintaining a prominent role for radiologists in 3D printing for medical applications. The group will aim to provide physicians and allied health scientists with accessible education and research programs as demand for 3D printing accessibility grows. SIG will hold multiple meetings at RSNA – mark your calendar and get more info here!
3D Printing SIG: An Introduction of the Roles and Responsibilities of this Innovative Team within the RSNA Family
Sunday, November 27 |10:30 – 11:00 a.m. @ Discovery Theater, RSNA Connections Center
3D Printing SIG Business Meeting (open to all meeting attendees)
Sunday, November 27 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Location: S104B
3. Ask the Experts from Vital Images and Stratasys at Evening Reception Event
Stratasys and Vital Images will be teaming up for an “Ask The Experts Event” with an evening reception on Monday, November 28, 6:30 – 8:15 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Room Dusable BC. Unwind and meet with experts in 3D printing to better understand how your hospital can use 3D printing for surgical planning, education and training, research, and more. You can register and get info about the speakers here. They include Frank J Rybicki, MD, PhD – Professor, Chair and Chief, Dept. of Radiology, University of Ottawa – Editor-in-Chief, 3D Printing In Medicine, and Jane M. Matsumoto, MD – Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic.
4. Stop by Our Booth – North Hall B: 6360 and See Anatomically Realistic Models
Don’t forget to stop by the Stratasys booth (North – Hall B: 6360) to see 3D printers in action and anatomical models ranging in density and texture from rigid bone to soft tissues. Visualize liver cancer, heart valve calcification and brain aneurysms. Talk with our experts about how 3D printing can add efficient and cost-effective solutions to procedural and organizational objectives.
5. See 3D Printers in Action at the Live 3D Printing Education Exhibit
Stratasys’ Objet 30 Prime, which features 12 materials from rubber-like to rigid, including biocompatible options, will be a highlight of the live 3D printing education exhibit at the Lakeside Learning Center, open to all conference attendees.
Note: See our uPrint SE 3D Printers in the Vital Images (North – Hall B: 7356, North – Hall B: 7356S) and McKesson (North – Hall B 7313) exhibits.
6. Ask About the Stratasys-Vital Images Giveaway* to Win a DICOM-to-3DPrint Award
Four winners will submit a DICOM file to be segmented using Vital’s leading edge segmentation software and then produced on Stratasys 3D printers. DICOM images cannot be used directly for 3D printing which means radiologists need to master new tools to convert DICOM data sets for 3D printing. Stratasys is collaborating with Vital Images to empower radiologists to more easily turn their images into tangible 3D printed models.
You can see the terms and conditions of the giveaway here.
We’ll See You There!
It’s exciting to speak face-to-face with the radiology community and get direct feedback from practitioners who interface with the impact of 3D printing technology on patient outcomes. Incredible technology is meaningless without the expertise, training and commitment needed to implement it. If you leave RSNA seeking more information, our web resources are immense – for example, read the Stratasys white paper on how The Jacobs Institute is collaborating with Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center to prepare for complex endovascular cases.