Recently, many veterinary practices have started making a shift from using images primarily for diagnostic purposes, to integrating 3D printing in patient-specific surgical planning. This has created enormous advantages for veterinary practices and their patients.
As part of this, an increasing number of veterinary practices have integrated the practice of 3D printing in their veterinary care. Veterinary practices are now recognising the added value 3D printing brings to personalised patient care and the countless possibilities that are becoming a reality in creating better treatment options.
What are the benefits?
One of the key benefits of virtual 3D anatomical models and 3D printing is that they enable radiologists to use advanced analysis. This consequently helps veterinary surgeons to evaluate better treatment decisions and plan their surgeries more accurately. Anatomical models attract experts from many specialties as they can provide a better understanding of the anatomical structures and pathologies. Additionally, 3D printed patient-specific anatomical models support members of staff during consultations with pet owners when explaining more accurately a pets’ condition.
3D printing within the veterinary sector can also be used as an educational tool for student nurses and surgeons. Especially, when explaining complex medical cases. For example, being able to hold a model and view the pathology of a disease from different angles. This can help students understand the steps involved in a surgery more clearly.