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Soon any type of 3d printed patient heart will be available online thanks to OSF Healthcare and the AHA.
OSF HealthCare and the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange are developing a partnership with the American Heart Association to establish the Jump Simulation-curated 3D Heart Library as an online medical journal where experts specializing in 3D heart modeling can review and validate models submitted by clinicians world-wide. The 3D Heart Library is an open-source digital repository of hearts with congenital defects on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
Representatives from the NIH and AHA as well as physicians specializing in 3D modeling from OSF, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, George Washington University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the University of Washington recently met in Chicago for a roundtable discussion as part of the effort.
Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Director of the Jump Advanced Imaging and Modeling Program at OSF HealthCare, is working with the AHA-Midwest Affiliate to develop interest in creating accuracy and quality standards for the 3D Heart library, and transition it to a national AHA-backed database. “There are many physicians utilizing 3D modeling for the treatment of congenital heart disease, but there aren’t any best practices for utilizing the technology,” said Dr. Bramlet. “Establishing a peer-review process will drive standardization and increase the quality of 3D digital models around the world.”