Ricoh & IBM unveil a workflow solution for 3D printed anatomic models

Ricoh USA has developed a dedicated product line to simplify clinicians access to complex replicas of patient-specific anatomy. Named RICOH 3D for Healthcare, the new service is an integrated end-to-end workflow solution designed to make the development and production of 3D printed anatomic models simple, and easy.

Built in collaboration with IBM Watson Health, a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry, the workflow solution integrates with IBM iConnect® Access, an enterprise imaging solution designed to allow healthcare providers to aggregate, exchange and access medical imaging data across the enterprise and extended care team, enabling real-time collaboration, from any web-connected device, anywhere.

IBM Watson Health explained in May 2021 that the latest version of IBM iConnect Access formed the basis for the platform’s planned future 3D interactive printing feature.

Ricoh 3D Healthcare solution’s interface | French: Interface de la solution Ricoh 3D Healthcare – Image via Ricoh

This means that once a healthcare professional uses the interactive segmentation tool within IBM iConnect Access and submits a request for a 3D-printed anatomic model, Ricoh facilitates the entire development process on the centralized HIPAA-compliant platform to produce and deliver accurate 3D-printed models.

Image via Ricoh

Currently, access to 3D-printed models is limited to very few healthcare organizations, meaning the vast majority of clinicians – and their patients – cannot benefit from this critical tool,” said Gary Turner, Managing Director, Additive Manufacturing, North America, Ricoh USA, Inc.

The company explains in a press communication that any facility with access to IBM iConnect Access can get started quickly with 3D printed models. The system would be easy to use, fast and accurate, with minimal initial costs so clinicians can focus on collaborating with colleagues and providing exceptional patient care. Additionally, medical schools and simulation labs for surgical education can benefit from Ricoh’s solution by connecting students and residents with cadaver-free, lifelike representations of abnormal anatomy or specific case studies.

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