3D printed anatomical models time and cost-efficiency

Thinking about traditional anatomical models production, replacing it with 3D printed ones can save you much more time and cost in a budget. Taking into consideration digital modeling and imaging, the cost of the printing can be even more reduced. Having access to the most advanced technology such as softwares, we can easily create an in-detailed and precise anatomical model digitally. Mainly, the process seems to significantly reduce costs of the operating rooms and make a big impact on the annual spend.

 Recently conducted studies confirm that 62 minutes and $3720 can be saved per one case by producing 3D printed anatomical models. It means in general, that the time is getting much more reduced and the same with the costs.

What may be worth to be considered counting the costs is:

  • CT / MRI Imaging costs
  • Software (CAD/CAM)
  • 3D Printer
  • Materials 
  • Anatomical model complexity
  • Time in the operating room
  • Post-processing 
  • Testing time
  • Fixing costs
3D printed, in detail hand model (image source: https://www.eppm.com/)

Why are the 3D printed costs of anatomical models lower? 

However, 3D printing technology prices may be still an issue, there are at least a few factors that can make the general costs lower. We should not count only the material part of the process, but also consider time and that is involved in it. The longer it takes, the more expensive it gets. That simply means that if we lower the time in the operating room, which is actually happening in the case of 3D printed anatomical models, we can generate fewer costs.

 Anatomical model by The J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer (image source: Stratasys)

Will the time and price saving make the hospitals and medical centers produce the 3D printed anatomical models? 

Seeing the advantages of the process efficiency, medical centers and hospitals should begin to implement an innovative method as soon as they get convinced. Technology would give them many more possibilities and enable them to streamline the whole procedure. However, for some, there are still some limitations. Transforming the process of anatomical models production, which was there for a year could be a challenge, but definitely worth trying out. The first obstacle is making space in the budget to invest in digital technologies as well as the training and learning of the staff. Then, after beginning to conduct the process, doctors and clinicians hopefully should see all the benefits regarding the transformation. 

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