3D printed personalized corneal models as a tool for improving patient’s knowledge of an asymmetric disease
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AuthorVelázquez Blázquez, José Sebastián; Cavas Martínez, Francisco; Bolarín Guillén, José Miguel; Alió Sanz, Jorge Luciano
Knowledge AreaExpresión Gráfica en Ingeniería
SponsorsThis publication has been carried out in the framework of the Thematic Network for Co-Operative Research in Health (RETICS), reference number RD16/0008/0012, financed by the Carlos III Health Institute–General Subdirection of Networks and Cooperative Investigation Centers (R&D&I National Plan 2013–2016) and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).
Bibliographic CitationVelázquez JS, Cavas F, Bolarín JM, Alió JL. 3D Printed Personalized Corneal Models as a Tool for Improving Patient’s Knowledge of an Asymmetric Disease. Symmetry. 2020; 12(1):151. https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12010151
KeywordsComputer-aided geometric design (CAGD)
Additive manufacturing (AM)
Additive manufacturing is a vanguard technology that is currently being used in several fields in medicine. This study aims to evaluate the viability in clinical practice of a patient-specific 3D model that helps to improve the strategies of the doctor-patient assistance. Data obtained from a corneal topographer were used to make a virtual 3D model by using CAD software, to later print this model by FDM and get an exact replica of each patient’s cornea in consultation. Used CAD and printing software were open-source, and the printing material was biodegradable and its cost was low. Clinic users gave their feedback by means of a survey about their feelings when perceiving with their senses their own printed cornea. There was 82 surveyed, 73.8% (9.74; SD: 0.45) of them considered that the model had helped them a lot to understand their disease, expressing 100% of them their intention of taking home the printed model. The majority highlighted that this new concept improves both quality and ...
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