3D printing in neurosurgery – our experience

Authors: P. Buchvald 1;  J. Vitvar 2;  L. Čapek 2
Authors‘ workplace: Neurochirurgické oddělení, Krajská Nemocnice Liberec 1;  Oddělení klinické biomechaniky, Krajská nemocnice Liberec 2
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2023; 86(5): 329-332
Category: Short Communication
doi: https://doi.org/10.48095/cccsnn2023329


Aim: The aim of this work was to evaluate our experience with the 3D printing method in neurosurgery. In addition to the well-known utilization of cranial implants, a significant use of this modern, rapidly developing technology is possible.

Methods: We present and evaluate the series of our ten patients, which we operated on using 3D printing methods. In the field of vascular neurosurgery, four cases involved a brain aneurysm model and one arteriovenous malformation model. In two patients, this method contributed to the closure of the skull base defect with a custom-shaped cranial grid and in neuro-oncology, it improved the visualization of skull base tumors in two patients. In one patient, the 3D model of the C2 vertebra allowed the choice of the optimal trajectory of the fixation material. Results: In the mentioned cases, the desired result was achieved and the 3D printing method was adapted to the correct treatment in all patients.

Conclusion: Based on our experiences, we can claim that the 3D printing method, in addition to the already commonly used 3D implantology, also presents a new and interesting modality in the field of neurosurgical planning, simulation and training. We assume that it will be increasingly used in many areas of neurosurgery.


neurosurgery – 3D printing – 3D imaging – neurosurgical planning – neurosurgical simulation – neurosurgical training


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