In-house manufactured PEEK cranioplasty implants – initial experience from Skåne University Hospital

Point of care produced implants hold great promise to improve patient care. Skåne University Hospital has recently implanted the first 3D printed implants that have been designed and manufactured on site. As far as we know this is the first time in the world where the entire process from scanning, design, manufacture, and post-processing are performed solely at the point-of-care and by the hospital.

In the first part of the presentation, we will present the initial experience including technical aspects and regulatory challenges. In the second part of the presentation, we will give a live demonstration of the patient-specific implant design process.

A presentation by Einar Heiberg, Associate Professor, Director of 3D Center at Skåne University Hospital together with Philip Bernborg.

Vision of the speaker

Question 1: What drives you?
I want to democratize clinical 3D printing and to overcome regulatory burden and decrease complexity costs for the technique.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
In this presentation we will present the experience of 3D printing implants and implanting them at our hospital. We will present initial experience and the challenges that we have faced.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
I see a clear trend that more and more hospitals are starting 3D printing centers to improve patient care.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Point-of-care 3D printing is a profound challenge to the regulatory landscape and Medtech industry dominance in innovation. I hope that 3D printing will bring back the initiative and innovation back to the clinicians.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The most challenging aspect is the current regulatory paradigm that stands in the way.

About Einar Heiberg
Einar Heiberg is an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Lund University and is also the director of the 3D Centre at Skåne University Hospital. Einar Heiberg is also founder of the company Medviso AB that produces image segmentation for clinical 3D printing.

About 3D Center at Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
The 3D Centre is part of Department of Medical Imaging and Physiology the Radiology at Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.

Einar Heiberg is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, which is part of the 3D Medical Printing Series.

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