Based on the 2D imaging, the team had selected an aneurysm embolization device as the first choice in treating Flint’s aneurysm. The team deployed the chosen device into the 3D printed model. During this test, they discovered the solution would not succeed. Based on the information from that test, Flint’s doctors developed a new plan that successfully treated the aneurysm. “Based on the Stratasys 3D model, we were able to preempt potential complications and devise a more optimal means of treating Flint’s aneurysm,” said Dr. Siddiqui. Without the 3D model, the team wouldn’t have realized the initial plan would fail until deploying the device during the procedure, which would have forced the team to quickly change plans and increase the length of the procedure, as well as its associated risk to the patient.
In the end, Flint’s aneurysm was successfully treated thanks to her pioneering team of physicians at the GVI and the Jacobs Institute. Their innovative use of Stratasys 3D Printing solutions enabled the team to develop a treatment plan that improved the likelihood of this mother of the three having a positive outcome in an otherwise frightening situation. Equally important, it avoided having to change the treatment plan on the fly, when the patient was on the surgical table. For her doctors, it is a testament to the power of combining innovative thinking with advanced technology.