Yesterday, Heart Niagara’s executive director, Karen Stearne, accepted a 3D printed human heart model from Northernchem Inc. The high-tech chemical and pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Niagara Falls, Ontario, provides quality products and research & development.
In a recent news release, Northernchem stated their new capabilities of producing human organ models using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology. Dr. Jun Pang, founder of Northernchem and President has led his research team of scientists to generate models to assist in advancing physicians knowledge prior to surgeries. “3D printing is a revolutionary technology in the world,” said Dr. Jun Pang.
3D human organ models are generated using digital data obtained from advance image techniques, including x-ray radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and medical ultrasonography. Scans taken from individual patients are converted into 3D polymer models that mimic human tissue using the 3D printer. This would provide surgeons with an opportunity to practice a surgery on the individual patient model before performing the real surgery on a patient. This plays a crucial role in surgical planning for cardiovascular and neuro surgeries and in turn, would help to increase the success rate of surgery results.
Heart Niagara is proud to be a recipient of such advanced printing technology and looks forward to NorthernChem’s future medical developments.