At the Heart of Research and Medicine

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Chip Bobbert, Greg Sturgeon review a 3D model of a patient’s heart

Chip Bobbert, CoLab digital fabrication architect and senior analyst, and Cardiac sonographer Greg Sturgeon review a 3D model of a patient’s heart that Duke’s Innovation CoLab will print to help Duke cardiologists prepare for surgery.

 

Surgeons use 3D printed models to plan complex heart surgeries

Pediatric cardiologist Piers Barker, MD, never forgets a heart, and especially not a rare one. That’s why he was taken aback when flipping through cardiac images for a new six-year-old patient he was scheduled to see at Duke Children’s Hospital in 2006. He was sure that he had seen the heart before, but he didn’t recognize the patient’s name.

It turns out that he had seen the heart of Josie Dunnigan before, when he was a pediatric cardiology fellow at the University of Michigan helping care for an infant who had just undergone a very complex heart surgery. 

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