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Advanced diagnostic imaging methods, such as CT and MRI, acquire a massive amount of data, which can be used to create three-dimensional (3D) solutions. This includes multidimensional reconstruction of pathology, support of immersive imaging displays (virtual reality/augmented reality), and the provision of spatial data used to print 3D models and devices. 3D printing is a rapidly emerging technology in the fields of radiology, oncology and pathology. Multidimensional printing can be used to create physical models of anatomy and pathology. The technology has also been harnessed to create devices such as prosthetics and surgical implants. In the near future 3D printing may also be used to develop biological scaffolding for surgically-assisted tissue repair and to support regeneration.

3D printing has the potential to customize personalized (perfectly-fitted) spine prosthetics and interbody fusion devices. Customization of implants with personalized imaging data could improve the success of an implant and promote favorable tissue remodeling in the osteogenic environment at molecular and microscopic levels. In some cases the perfection of a few millimeters may make a difference between a failed and, a successful intervention. Most of the spine stabilization devices and implants are currently "off-the-shelf" products in the United States. Most of these products work with common spine disorders. Customized spinal devices and implants created through 3D printing may improve the care of complicated and destructive pathology such as spine tumors, injuries and deformities. Future developments in the field of 3-D printing, combined with FDA approval, will offer the spine surgeon the ability to use customized interbody devices designed for the patient's unique anatomy and condition from multidimensional and multiscale imaging data.

3D imaging data can also be used to create a physical model of the spine and related pathology, which can be used for surgical planning and training. In some cases two versions of a spine device or implant may be printed so one can be used on the spine model to evaluate its efficacy. This process would help ensure a perfect fit and further prepare the surgeon.

The potential benefits of 3D printing in spine surgery include improved operative efficiency, decreased operative time, personalized preoperative device selection, reduced radiation exposure and better patient outcomes. The process to print a customized spinal device remains relatively tedious but is expected to become more efficient. An additional barrier to the use of 3D printed devices for spine surgery at this time is the FDA approval process. Once the technologies are approved, spine surgeons must become aware of their potential benefits and be trained in their use. Advances in the resolution of advanced imaging, combined with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) supported methods, will improve the potential of 3D printing. This co-evolutionary process will favorably impact the most complicated spine surgeries and shape the future of surgical planning.

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Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.

The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to

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This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)

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