Our current work consists in isolating structures of interest (e.g. mitral valve) from 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic data to create computerized 3-D models that can be 3D printed with commercially available printers. Potential short-term uses for this technology include in vitro simulation of specific hemodynamic conditions, as well as planning and training for surgical or interventional procedures.
Recent publications in this area include:
Mahmood, F. et al., 2014. Echocardiography derived three-dimensional printing of normal and abnormal mitral annuli. Annals of cardiac anaesthesia, 17(4), pp.279–283.
Mahmood, F. et al., 2015. Three-dimensional printing of mitral valve using echocardiographic data. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, 8(2), pp.227–229.
Owais, K. et al., 2014. Three-dimensional printing of the mitral annulus using echocardiographic data: science fiction or in the operating room next door? Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 28(5), pp.1393–1396.