3D Systems unwraps imaging 3D printing technologies

3D printing firm 3D Systems showcased its D2P (DICOM to Print) and Volume Virtual Reality (VVR) 3D printing technologies at last week's RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago.

D2P is designed to help radiologists and clinicians quickly create 3D anatomical models from medical images, according to the vendor. Available as an integrated application on D2P, VVR technology enables users to upload patient scan data to D2P and immediately visualize medical datasets in virtual reality without having to perform preprocessing or segmentation. The firm said that visualizing images in virtual reality can enhance 3D understanding of structure and scale; it can also be used as part of routine examinations as well as preoperative planning of surgical procedures.

In other RSNA 2017 announcements, 3D Systems highlighted a new agreement with Philips Healthcare to provide access to 3D printing on the vendor's latest edition of its IntelliSpace Portal advanced visualization and quantification platform.

3D Systems also presented examples of patient-specific 3D models in three materials. Each of the models was printed with a different technology, including stereolithography (STL) using a biocompatible resin that offers the ability to highlight vital structures, the company said.

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