The fields in this section capture information about the effort spent on the current 3D printing case.   There are four categories of effort (i.e., consultation, segmentation, CAD, and prep/post-processing).   Furthermore, for each of these four categories, effort may be expended by either clinicians or non-clinicians.   Note that for the purposes of this registry, “clinician” includes individuals with any of the following degrees (MD, DO, DDS, DMD, DPM, OD [doctor of optometry], DC [chiropractor]) as well as other practitioners (i.e., physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse-midwife).  This group of “clinicians” is meant to encompass qualified health care providers.

On the other hand, the group “non-clinicians” is meant to include staff such as engineers, medical physicists, other scientists, and technologists. 


With four categories of effort, and two categories of individuals, this leads to a total of eight kinds of time:


  1. Clinician consultation

  2. Clinician segmentation

  3. Clinician CAD

  4. Clinician prep/post-processing

  5. Non-clinician consultation

  6. Non-clinician segmentation

  7. Non-clinician CAD

  8. Non-clinician prep/post-processing


Note that each of these kinds of time is specified using a set of three data fields: one for hours, one for minutes, and one if the amount of time is unknown.  That leads to a total of 24 data fields in this section of the registry.

For further information on specific data elements, refer to the 3DP Registry Data Dictionary.

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