Materialise—a Belgium-based provider of 3D printing services and software—and Siemens Healthineers, a medical technology company and part of German conglomerate Siemens, have entered a partnership to introduce Materialise’s Mimics inPrint software in hospitals globally.
Mimics inPrint, a dedicated solution for 3D printing patient-specific anatomical models in hospitals, is to be made available to radiologists through the Siemens Healthineers’s syngo.via open app platform.
3D printed anatomical models aid virtual surgical planning (VSP) and collaboration between radiologists and surgical teams. Furthermore, they are said to improve patient communication as well as education and training surrounding anatomically complex pathologies.
The integration of Mimics inPrint into syngo.via means that it is directly incorporated into the standard hospital workflow. This means that hospitals can safely and easily access both their in-house and Materialise’s 3D printing services.
The objective of the partnership is to help drive adoption of 3D printing in clinical environments and thus contribute to higher quality, cost-efficient and more personalized care.
Commenting on the partnership, Brigitte de Vet, vice president (VP) of medical at Materialise, said: ‘We believe 3D printing is going to revolutionize the medical industry and we are always looking for ways to improve accessibility of our 3D printing software to more patients and hospitals. By partnering with other global healthcare leaders like Siemens Healthineers, we can do just that, and more importantly, we can further contribute to a better and healthier world.’
Valentin Ziebandt, head of marketing at the Syngo Business Line, Siemens Healthineers, added: ‘By incorporating 3D technology into syngo.via, we jointly support the entire workflow from patient diagnosis to therapy planning. This is a cost-effective way to increase the clinical capabilities of syngo.via and an important step towards achieving personalized care and precision medicine.’
The companies made the accouncement at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, taking place in Chicago, USA, on November 26-December 1.