Beijing Hospital to Pioneer in 3D Printing Heart Models
The leading provider of 3D software and printing solutions Materialise NV to the industrial, medical and consumer markets recently signed an agreement with Fuwai Hospital in Beijing and opened the first multi disciplinary 3D printing center for medical specialists in China. The new facility is expected to open by the end of the year.
Fuwai hospital is the largest cardiovascular hospital in China and the planned center will primarily focus in 3D printing heart models that will be technically supported by experts from Materialise. The agreement was signed and witnessed by delegates of the Belgian government in China. The chairman of Materialise, Peter Leys stated that the company is working closely with Fuwai hospitals and the Chinese regulatory authorities in the ways to allow doctors and patients to benefit from the 3D printed heart models.
The 3D printed heart models have prove invaluable globally in the planning of complex medical procedures and is improving outcomes and in a lot of cases have already saved lives. This is true for babies that were born with heart defects due to complexity that comes in treating young and delicate patients. Surgeons from Fuwai hospital contacted Materialise after they heard about their work during a international medical conference and decided to bring the technology to China.
Materialise is helping Fuwai in navigating opportunities and to achieve medical 3D printing goals in a safe, sustainable and economical way. Based on the cooperation agreement Fuwai hospitals will be the leading center for D printed heart models education and will be responsible for bringing the technology to other parts of the country. Currently Materialise has no direct competitors in China and the company is planning to look into cooperating with Chinese manufacturers in working on special 3D printers that can connect directly with its software platform.