The example of healthcare professionals using 3D printers can be traced back to more than a decade ago, which makes the technology have been well developed in some areas. In craniofacial care, for example, 3D printing is seen by many suppliers as the core of patient care, Frank rybicki, founder chairman of RSNA 3D printing special interest group, said in the announcement. In the absence of the current program terminology code, 3D printing appears in these niche applications.
Last year, professional organizations began to use 3D printing officially, and obtained four new CPT code approvals, including the use of 3D printing to create anatomical models and guidelines. This experience reveals the limitations of the particular way 3D printing has a foothold in healthcare.
“When applying for CPT codes, it’s clear that this’ universal acceptance ‘lacks peer-reviewed documentary proof,” rybicki said.
Rybicki and his collaborators are looking for a registry to provide benchmark data for the value of 3D printing in benchmark radiology. The registry is designed to centralize data on the clinical value of 3D printing. At present, the diversity of clinical indications and technologies for generating models from medical images hinders the evaluation of the value of 3D printing.
Available analysis shows that 3D models of printed medical images are valuable, although the evidence comes from small studies. In 15 studies, the use of patient-specific 3D models in surgery planning reduced surgery time by about 40 minutes and fluoroscopy time by more than 25%.
HP and other medical 3D printing companies, such as forms, materialise and STRATASYS, will support registration through unrestricted funding. ACR will use the funds to register with its national radiology data registry, which already has six registries, including 150 million cases from more than 6500 participant sites.
When pilots start in the fall, the 3D printing Registry will be added to other data repositories. The acr-rsna Joint Committee will manage the registration authority.