We are experts at 3D printing DICOM files. Working with DICOM images from CT and MRI scan data we help Dental, Medical and Veterinary practitioners across the NHS and private clinics by producing true to life 3D printed models of patient anatomy to inform procedures and reduce risk.

3D printing DICOM files

Many clinicians like to use 3D prints of CT scan data as a physical reference prior to surgery to enable more effective visualisation and planning. Being able to hold the physical piece of anatomy the clinician will be operating on gives an increased degree of understanding and insight. It also presents an array of opportunities for generating prostheses and implants for reconstructive surgery using CAD modelling and other digital techniques. These prostheses can be designed and built prior to surgery being carried out so that clinicians can touch and feel the surgery site and also have bespoke prostheses on hand to refer to prior to surgery.

3D printing processes

Objet | Medimodel

Polyjet – When 3D printing DICOM files, Polyjet is our most aesthetic option; it offers very high resolution, detail and accuracy and allows for extremely fine features to be reproduced. Different areas of interest may also be isolated and printed in different materials. This can be particularly useful in highlighting critical areas such as nerves.

FDM

FDM – FDM offers lower resolution and fine details but is much tougher, it has a lower cost and is ideally suited to cutting, drilling and filling.

We can also help with the application of scan data such as producing surgical guides, teaching aids or other uses in pre-procedure planning. Contact us to discuss your specific case and requirements.