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Why are medical imaging vendors throwing money on 3D printing?

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  Printing, also known as the added material manufacturing industry, can transform a 3D model into a three-dimensional object.
  In the medical field, 3D printing is often used to make realistic models of patients"organs. Doctors can use organ models to make surgical plans or simulate surgical rehearsals, to a certain extent, to help doctors improve the success rate of complex operations and reduce the risk of surgery.
  Because 3D printing technology can achieve customized precision medical care that traditional methods can not do, the medical 3D printing industry is developing at a high speed, and the three GPS companies are eager to see it.
  At present, the medical field has occupied 2/3 of the 3D printing market share. The global 3D printing market will reach US $279 million 600 thousand in 2016, and will grow at a CAGR of 17.5% over the next 10 years. The latest analysis by market research firm IQ4 also points out that by 2022, the global market for medical 3D printing will reach $3.89 billion.
  Why did GPS throw money on 3D printing?
  The basic process of medical image 3D printing:
  Medical image acquisition. Through CT, NMR and other imaging equipment, we can get the DICOM files which store the two-dimensional medical images of patients (for DICOM files, we need a sufficient number of files for 3D printing modeling, because the more scanning layers, the clearer the scanning details, but the multi-layer also means processing the data more slowly).
  (2) 3D modeling. The three-dimensional model images of human tissues and organs are extracted from DICOM files by modeling software, and then the modeling files are converted into STL (Standard Test Selection Language) format that can be recognized by 3D printers.
  (3) 3D printing. The STL file is transmitted to the 3D printing device to guide the 3D printer to print one by one.

  From the acquisition of medical images from the radiology department to the three-dimensional modeling of anatomical structures to the printing of medical models, it can help doctors detect and diagnose nervous system, tumors and heart diseases more quickly and accurately. Therefore, medical imaging, 3D modeling, 3D printing "seamless convergence" is the trend of the times, who can take the lead in completing this convergence, who can be more dominant in the market.
  But at present, the 3D printing process in medical treatment is very tedious. The process of data conversion from modeling file to STL format is especially complicated. It not only consumes a lot of time, but also faces the printing failure. It usually needs the help of professional 3D printing service organizations.
  Printing becomes the "last mile" problem that 3D images need to solve urgently.
  Acquisition of additional manufacturing equipment, long-term layout of 3D medical industry
  Already determined to become a leader in the 3D printing industry. In October 2016, GE acquired Arcam, the leading manufacturer of metal 3D printers, and Concept Laser, a laser-based 3D printer manufacturer, with a total of about $1.5 billion. The acquisition of these special additive manufacturing equipment shows the GE"s determination in the 3D printing market.
  Within GE, medical treatment is one of the major businesses in the long term layout.
  In August 2000, GE Medical Group launched a new AW4.7 Smart Workstation by combining advanced CT equipment with 3D printing technology. The GE AW 4.7 Workstation is compatible with the upstream and downstream docking equipment, regardless of whether the upstream image information comes from GE equipment or not, and no matter which one downstream is. D printing equipment, AW 4.7 can be well connected to achieve efficient medical 3D printing.
  Medical solution, so that the hospital only need to add a printer to the scanning equipment, can one-stop medical image 3D printing work, no longer need to outsource the task.
  PHILPS has strengthened its medical 3D software to cooperate with the world"s top medical device manufacturers.
  At the annual meeting of the North American Radiological Society (RSNA) in 2017, Philips introduced its latest version of the Integrated Visualization Platform, IntelliSpace Portal 10. The software incorporates a new 3D modeling application, improves workflow and applications for cancer treatment, and provides high-performance image analysis solutions with DynaCAD.
  Connected to the workflow interface of Stratasys, the world"s leading manufacturer of 3D medical equipment, clinicians will be able to obtain realistic 3D printed anatomical models for a variety of uses, such as education and surgical planning, through Stratasys"direct manufacturing services.
  In addition to Stratasys"s cooperation, PHILPS also announced cooperation with 3D Systems on RSNA. At the RSNA conference, 3D Systems introduced a new D2P (DICOM to PRINT) technology, which directly converts image data into digital 3D anatomical models that can be printed directly.
  SIEMENS integrates 3D printing software
  SIEMENS medical announced new cooperation with RSNA medical manufacturer Materialise on the RSNA.
  Siemens Medical is working with Materialise to extend Materialise Mimics in Print software to hospitals around the world. Mimics inPrint is a dedicated solution for hospitals to produce 3D printed anatomical models and can be used on the Siemens Medical Image Processing Software Syngo. via platform.
  By combining 3D printing technology with the syngo. via platform, Siemens Medical can participate in the patient"s entire treatment plan. The development of platform and software will help to achieve customized personal care and precise medication. The integration of Mimics inPrint is an important step in syngo.via"s efforts to achieve personalized care and precision medicine.
  Global 3D printing medical device leader:

  Looking at leading companies in 3D printing, we can see that the battle for medical 3D printing is already going on between the image giants GPS, GE is laying out the 3D medical industry directly through acquisitions and independent research and development, while Siemens and Philips are choosing to collaborate with the world"s top medical device manufacturers to take advantage of the synergies between them. .
  With the further expansion of the 3D medical market, the battle between GPS is bound to intensify. Mergers and acquisitions? Cooperation? Innovation? How to wait for the three companies to pass.
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