The joint American College of Radiology (ACR) - Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 3D Printing Registry addresses the need for coordinated tracking of clinical 3D printing (3DP). The registry collects anonymized 3D printing case information, clinical indications and intended uses for printed models, the source imaging, the model construction techniques and effort, the 3D printing techniques and effort, and the clinical impact of the models with the ultimate goals of improving both patient care and characterizing resource utilization.
The 3DP Registry includes all clinical cases of image-based 3D printed anatomic models and surgical guides created at the point of care (i.e. within a hospital or clinic) as part of routine patient care, except models constructed with biologic materials, implanted devices, and external prostheses.
Benefits of Participation - Key Analytic Questions
Key analytic questions that have been identified include:
Profiling the indications for clinical 3D printing: Certain diseases are known to be important areas for creating printed models, such as congenital heart disease and craniomaxillofacial surgery. How large a fraction of the case volume do such cases represent? What are the relative case volumes for these and other indications for clinical 3D printing?
Standards/trends in the use of 3D printing: How complex are the models being made? How often are multiple imaging modalities used to create models? How much effort is required to create these models? How often do they incorporate multiple anatomic parts? How frequently are anatomic guides being printed, and for what purposes?
Profiling the printing technology and materials in use: 3D printing machines range widely in cost, and are variously capable of printing in a variety of materials with a wide range of physical properties. What technologies and materials are most commonly used, and for which organ systems and for which tissue types?
Enrolling and Fee Structure
Enrollment and data collection for the 3D Printing registry is OPEN NOW and can be done at any time (rolling enrollment – with no deadline). Details on the registration process can be found in the NRDR Knowledge Base user guide.