In her office at Henry Ford Hospital, cardiologist Dee Dee Wang has more than 100 3-D models of hearts on a bookshelf. Each heart is custom-made for patients based on CT scans of their hearts. She calls them her clinical heart library.
“Our patients are too frail and not candidates for open heart surgery, and their remaining option is getting readmitted to the hospital, or hospice. They have less 6 months to live, so they are very sick and have run out of options,” said Wang, who is head of structural imaging and medical director of 3-D printing at Henry Ford Innovation Institute. Read more about the future of surgery HERE.