Medical 3D Lab (m3D Lab)
The Ochsner Medical 3D (m3D) lab is developing and using advanced visualization, anatomical modeling, and simulation in medicine.
The m3D lab leverages multiple platforms, like 3D printing, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to facilitate patient education, enhance medical training and improve clinical care delivery.
As part of innovationOchsner (iO), the m3D lab is utilizing 21st century tools to deliver 21st century care.
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Empowering our Patients through Technology: Jalanea Lowe's Story

Ochsner’s commitment to providing the best care possible includes using innovative technologies to educate and empower our patients. The Ochsner m3D lab can create custom 3D models to inform our patients about their unique conditions and help them feel more comfortable about their healthcare.

When Jalanea Lowe was 5 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening condition. The base of her skull was not properly connected to her spine, causing an instability that made it difficult for her to hold up her head. Also born with Down syndrome and receiving treatment for leukemia, Jalanea was in danger of becoming paralyzed or worse without rapid intervention. The delicate procedure would require removing a small piece of bone and using screws to stabilize the area and prevent damage to her spinal cord. In most hospitals, her surgical team would examine X-rays and use a generic model to discuss their plan.

Here at Ochsner, 3D printing technology enabled her team to print an exact replica of Jalanea’s spine and skull to better prepare her surgeons for the procedure and better explain the procedure to her family.

“Being able to actually see a replica of Jalanea’s spine and skull before operating gave me peace of mind that they were confident in their ability,” says Jalanea’s mom.

The Technology

Ochsner is using exciting new technologies to make the results of complex tests like CT scans and MRIs easier to comprehend and more accessible to medical trainees, clinicians, and patients and their families. Advanced medical visualization techniques, like 3D printing, AR and VR, help our clinical teams deliver care for the most difficult cases.

With 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, the m3D lab can build accurate, individualized 3D models from medical imaging. VR allows clinicians to explore patient-specific anatomy in ways they never could before. For example, this technology helps cardiologists and surgeons explore the inside of newborns with rare heart defects and develop personalized interventions, neurologists and neurosurgeons can better localize seizures and liver surgeons are optimizing their approach to tumor surgery.

Perhaps most importantly, these tools are brought directly to the patient so that they can better understand their health and become a more informed partner in their healthcare decisions.

Learn More About 3D Printing

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What is 3d Printing

What is 3D Printing?

By: Korak Sarkar, MD

Since the advent of 3D printing in the 1980’s, it has been used in a variety of industries including aerospace, automobile and defense. 3D printing is now being used in medicine for patient education, medical training and surgical planning.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Medicine

By: Korak Sakar, MD

Immersive technologies, aka mixed reality, refer to technologies that augment and/or replace the physical world with a digital or simulated world, thereby creating a sense of immersion. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are types of immersive technology.

4 Ways Immersive Technology is Changing Healthcare

By: Korak Sakar, MD

Immersive technology is continuing to grow both in the gaming industry as well as other fields like medicine, gas and energy education and retail. Read about four ways immersive technologies are changing the healthcare space.

What is 3d Printing

Hello Health: 3D Printing

Dr. Korak Sarkar joins Hello Health on TV to share a fascinating overview of 3D printing, virtual reality, and augmented reality that are allowing Ochsner to deliver 21st century healthcare.

Ochsner Doctor's Note: Medical 3D Lab with Korak Sarkar, MD

In this video, Korak Sarkar, MD discusses the innovative visualization technologies the Ochsner m3d lab is using to improve patient care and education.

Virtual Reality in Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplant

This video provides an overview of m3D Lab's work in immersive technology. Immersive technology platforms including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are a rapidly growing component of the technology sector. While translational applications of VR/AR in surgery are in development, these technologies are accessible for case planning and education using commercially available products. We present a workflow for image acquisition, post-processing and use in VR and AR platforms developed for liver transplant at our institution as a guide for early-adopters.

Click here to learn how 3D printing is being used for enhancing and simplifying photography of donor organ pathology.