3D printing case study for CV Junction surgery

Doctors need all the information as they can get beforehand to make any surgical procedure successful. And when it comes to neurosurgery, when the stakes are in terms of life and death, the information becomes all the more vital.

Traditionally, prior to operation, the neurosurgeon receives the DICOM data from MRI scan of the patient, and studies the same extensively on the computer screen. The ability to rotate and study it from all angles in software is of great assistance to the surgeon.


However, virtual model has its own limitations. Among others, the Doctor has to imagine or visualize the actual area, which is a difficult task to do.


It results in planning as well as execution being done in the operation theater itself. An implication is abnormally long and tiring operation procedure for such cases, but a bigger implication is – CVJ anomaly cases traditionally only have 30% chances of success!

Prior to using 3D printing for pre-operative planning of CV Junction Anomaly, only 30% of all operations ended up being successful.

Dr. Rashim Kataria, Dept of Neurosurgery

3D print of patient’s Craniovertebral Junction

The first surgery was conducted on a 23-year-old patient, Pradhan Jangid. He was suffering from Craniovertebral junction (CVJ anomaly).

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Ritu contributes to Aha as an Application Engineer, figuring out optimal ways of providing solutions for the ever increasing applications of 3D Printing. She has developed an expertise in Medical 3D Printing.