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Mayo Clinic expands use of point-of-care 3D printing

March 22, 2018

The Mayo Clinic is using imaging on a regular basis, creating point-of-care 3D anatomical models to aid physicians so frequently that 3D printing has become a regular component of patient treatment.

Point-of-care manufacturing is a technology that enables the process to be performed on site where it’s needed. One of the fastest growing areas of the evolving 3D printing industry is in point-of-care biomedical/medical applications. Using medical imaging data, a hospital’s radiology department manufactures life-size tangible anatomical models that are used for surgical planning and guidance, simulations, diagnoses and patient education.

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