3D Lab Expertise and services
The focus in the 3D Lab is how we can use 3D technologies to improve care for each individual patient. These new technologies help improve the care and the treatment plan of patients, while taking their specific individual needs and wishes into consideration.expertise and services
3D Lab Expertise and servicesOur 3D Lab is fully integrated into the clinic, allowing the lab engineers, doctors and patients work closely together. This cooperation enables us to make 3D technologies quickly and easily accessible for both doctor and patient. The focus in the 3D Lab is how we can use 3D technologies to improve care for each individual patient.
The patient’s wishes and the demands of the attending physician are combined into a top notch clinical treatment plan. Besides maxillofacial surgery, the 3D Lab is involved in many other medical disciplines, in our own hospital and beyond.
Areas of expertiseCurrent and up-and-coming 3D technologies, such as:
- patient specific virtual surgery planning
- 3D-printed anatomical models
- Assistance in creating a virtual patient to help with the diagnostics, planning, treatment and evaluation
- Assistance in setting up a tailor-made 3D planning for individual patients
- Giving information on how current and future 3D techniques can help during surgery
- Evaluating patients that comes into contact with 3D technology
Examples of applications
What the 3D Lab does
The 3D Lab consists of engineers who are widely spread across various medical departments of the hospital and work closely together with physicians and patients. They work together both clinically and academically, in order to allow the hospital to offer broad, distinguishing and innovative patient care. An individual patient care program tailor-made to the needs of both the patient and the physician. The end result is more involvement from the patient, more realistic expectations, more predictable treatments with less morbidity, a better aesthetic result and shorter treatment periods.
The 3D Lab has a big impact on 4 main stages within patient care:
For a complete and adequate diagnosis, several techniques for representation are combined to create a virtual patient. This enables us to take measurements that are impossible to perform on physical patients, in order to identify, objectify and quantify the problem.
For each patient we can make a tailor-made 3D planning. This planning maintains a balance between the wishes of the patient and the concerns of the physician. With the virtual analysis made during diagnostics, the patient can be operated on virtually, multiple times and in different ways. This allows us to determine the best possible postoperative result. The patient is better informed about the expected results and has realistic expectations.
Thanks to the optimized planning, the surgeon can now operate faster and more predictably. For instance with navigation assisted surgery or with 3D-printed drill- and cutting templates. The surgeon knows what to expect, the surgery can happen more smoothly and the amount of complications and secondary corrections is lower.
The field of medicine is constantly evolving. In order to keep improving, it is crucial to evaluate every patient that comes into contact with 3D technology. Where is there room for improvement, automatization or acceleration? Our focus is not only to improve the current technology and help the next patient even more, but also to use newer technologies in future treatments.