Three-dimensional printing of anatomically accurate, patient specific intracranial aneurysm models

Jeff R. Anderson, Walker L. Thompson, Abdulaziz K. Alkattan, Orlando Diaz, Richard Klucznik, Yi J. Zhang, Gavin W. Britz, Robert G. Grossman, Christof Karmonik

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Objective: To develop and validate a method for creating realistic, patient specific replicas of cerebral aneurysms by means of fused deposition modeling. Methods The luminal boundaries of 10 cerebral aneurysms, together with adjacent proximal and distal sections of the parent artery, were segmented based on DSA images, and corresponding virtual threedimensional (3D) surface reconstructions were created. From these, polylactic acid and MakerBot Flexible Filament replicas of each aneurysm were created by means of fused deposition modeling. The accuracy of the replicas was assessed by quantifying statistical significance in the variations of their inner dimensions relative to 3D DSA images. Feasibility for using these replicas as flow phantoms in combination with phase contrast MRI was demonstrated. Results 3D printed aneurysm models were created for all 10 subjects. Good agreement was seen between the models and the source anatomy. Aneurysm diameter measurements of the printed models and source images correlated well (r=0.999; p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurointerventional surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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