The team of Dr. Pelenghi, director of Cardiac Surgery Unit at Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo (Pavia), performed the world’s first “beating heart” surgical implant of an innovative pulmonary valve prosthesis on an over 50 years old patient, suffering from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. The surgical strategy was planned on the virtual and 3D printed anatomical model of the affected district, realized by the 3D printing clinical laboratory “3D4Med“. The structures reconstructed from the CT dataset included both pulmonary and systemic intra-thoracic circulatory systems together with the atrial chambers.
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World’s first “beating heart”
3D4MED is the first (3D Printing) Clinical Laboratory in Italy.
It is equipped with different 3D printing technologies able to create patient-specific anatomical models for surgical planning, training and simulation, and to develop patient-specific instrumentation and prototypes.