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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

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Advanced 3D Technology Laboratory

Using 3D anatomic modeling and virtual surgery for training and improved outcomes.

Located at the Advanced Surgical Technology and Education Center (ASTEC), within the Department of Surgery on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, the Advanced 3D Technology Laboratory offers a wide range of 3D services and serves as an innovation hub for clinicians, patients, researchers and industry in the greater Washington, DC area.

3D printing is a production process that allows diagnostic images (CT or MRI) to be translated into exact 3D replicas. With 3D printed anatomic models, surgeons and researchers can plan and rehearse complex surgeries, explain anomalies and procedures to patients, teach residents and medical students, and design innovative implants or instruments.

Improving Patient Outcomes

Formerly known as the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, our early work focused on improving patient outcomes through advanced orthopedic research. Using virtual surgery technology to help physicians customize the best treatment solutions, the simulations are like a "test drive" of a surgical procedure before the patient and physician ever enter an operating room.

For example, a surgeon planning to perform a total joint replacement can test a specific implant's performance under stress by simulating the patient's weight and activity level. This customized approach means even better results for patients and a faster return to normal activities.

Our musculoskeletal biomechanics simulations apply to a variety of orthopedic conditions including joint replacement, traumatic bone injuries, bone cancer, chronic back and joint pain, and pediatric orthopedic problems.

Dr. Li demonstrating 3D modelsExtended reality (XR)

Extended reality (XR) is another level of 3D technology, usually referred to as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR). This technology creates a 3D animation environment in which users can interact with virtual objects or characters.

These immersive technologies can achieve most tasks that 3D printing models can achieve, and have the potential to expand to more applications such as telemedicine and virtual conferences.

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Extended reality (XR) creates a 3D animation environment in which users can interact with virtual objects or characters.