Mayo Clinic's Dr. Jonathan Morris Reflects on the Impact of In-Hospital 3D Printing
The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota, implemented additive manufacturing into its pre-surgical planning processes over ten years ago.
Now, with several successful cases, Dr. Jonathan Morris, Co-Director of the Anatomical Modeling Laboratory and Neuroradiologist at the Mayo Clinic, reflected on the positive impact 3D printed anatomical models have had in addressing unique and complex surgeries.
“THE TROUBLE WITH JUST HAVING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT ON A TWO-DIMENSIONAL SCREEN IS THAT IT’S STILL TWO DIMENSIONAL. SO, IF YOU’RE PRESENTING THE SKULL OF A TWO-YEAR-OLD AND AN 82-YEAR-OLD THERE THE SAME SIZE ON THE SCREEN – YOU DON’T HAVE ANY SENSE OF SCALE.”