Sister company Cavendish Imaging

Cavendish Imaging celebrate hosting first successful Inaugural Symposium

There was a wonderful turnout last night at Cavendish Imaging’s first Inaugural Symposium at its new 3D printing studio.

The evening marked the move of the 3D printers from Cavendish Imaging’s birthplace in a listed Georgian Wimpole Street town house, to a custom built facility in a newly converted Victorian warehouse. Dr Veronique Sauret-Jackson, Managing Director of Cavendish Imaging & Cavendish Implants, says: “There is no doubt that 3D planning and 3D printing prior to surgery has the potential to reduce operating time and improve the outcome of surgery. Patient recovery is faster, and surgical procedures less invasive. We hope to improve access to the technology and to training, so as to make the use of this technology approach routine in the UK”.

The symposium saw presentations by leading figures from neurosurgery, orthopaedics, vascular, plastics and craniomaxillofacial surgical disciplines. The evening demonstrated how surgeons working within the NHS and in the private sector can use sophisticated 3D printing and surgical planning services to the great benefit of their patients. A series of short presentations were accompanied by an exhibition in the gallery space illustrating some exciting developments in medicine and surgery achieved with the help of 3D printing.

The Symposium:

Separating conjoined twins at Great Ormond Street - Mr Dunaway, Consultant plastic surgeon, described the incredible value of anatomical models to plan and rehearse this dramatic surgery which was featured extensively on national TV and papers.

Proximal humeral fractures - Professor Emery, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, described the complexity of the arm and shoulder anatomy and the value of 3D models and information for surgical decision making.

Locating biopsy sites - Mr Attia, SpR in Cardiothoracic Surgery, showed how he has overcome the difficulties of translating 3D functional information from the computer to the operating table by devising a 3D printed template to assist in the biopsy of aortic aneurysms.

3D planning and bone remodelling - Mr Collier, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, demonstrated new surgical approaches to facial reconstruction using digital planning and innovative 3D printed templates to transfer the planned surgery to the operative site.

A 3D approach to hip replacement – Professor Hart, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, looks at a catastrophically failed hip, and finds that a 3D approach is essential for reconstruction and the way forward for the first-time hip replacement in this common surgical procedure.

A pre-fabricated patient-specific implant and associated cutting guide - Miss Grieve, Consultant Neurosurgeon, demonstrated the time saving and efficacy of 3D planning and implant design to achieve bone tumour-removal and bone contour repair with a custom-made implant during a single surgical procedure.

Innovations in oral rehabilitation – Dr Dawood, our own Clinical Director, told the roots of collaborative approaches to allow patients to eat, drink and redevelop a normal life through the development of innovative patient-specific devices.

Health economics and benefits – Dr Veronique Sauret-Jackson, Managing Director, described 3D printing investment costs and examined the short and long-term effect on the cost of patient care.

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