Mia von Knorring, Areli Reyes, and Brandon Mukai recently submitted ‘ Left Atrial Appendage Printing Procedure ’ to the Faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo as a senior project.
Exploring the use of 3D printed medical models for better visual aids in cardiac procedures, the research students aimed to help with the closing off the left atrial appendage.
The research is centered around assisting in the Watchman left atrial appendage closure procedure—a surgery only 100 surgeons in the US are trained for, meant to eliminate debris from the left atrial appendage that could cause a stroke. With a detailed 3D model, cardiac physiologists are better able to size and position the device. The study began with alterations to the original algorithm by Dr. Chris Porterfield, and then a final 3D […]
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