1st ADT UK Regional Leadership Group Workshop Held in Loughborough

Delegates attending the ADT UK RLG Workshop at Loughborough Design School

The first Advancing Digital Technology in Head and Neck Reconstruction (ADT) UK Regional Leadership Group (RLG) Workshop was held yesterday at Loughborough Design School.

The day was a success - with a full programme of scientific presentations from a broad spectrum of specialties; including regenerative medicine and bio printing, functional outcome assessment in orthognathic surgery, digital developments in facial prosthetics, and additive manufacturing applications to surgical guide and implant design.

Each topic prompted useful discussion - a summary of which will be presented to the global ADT meeting in Beijing in September.

The intention to hold regular future meetings was enthusiastically recieved - further details will be announced in the coming months.

The ADT UK RLG provides a forum for UK clinicians, researchers, students and industry to disseminate current best practice and identify future research challenges.  For more information, click HERE.

CARTIS Members at the ADT UK RLG Workshop (L-R): Mr Satyajeet Bhatia, Dr Richard Bibb, Mr Peter Evans, Dr Dominic Eggbeer, Sean Peel, Lawrence Dovgalski, Emily Bilbie, Kelly Morris, Ffion O'Malley. 



Royal College of Surgeons - Interview with Sean Peel

As the use of computer aided design and additive manufacturing in the production of patient specific implants becomes more common place in the UK NHS, we’ve taken time to reflect on this trend. 

Sean Peel was recently interviewed by the Royal College of Surgeons to provide his perspective of this rapidly developing industry.  You can read the free to download article here.  

Another article in the Royal College bulletin, 'The history of 3D printing in healthcare' also mentions the work of CARTIS.  



ADT UK Workshop

With the ADT UK Workshop fast approaching, it may be time to consider travel and accommodation.  Loughborough University benefits from a range of options:

The budget option:



There is also a Travelodge and Premier Inn in Loughborough town.


Details on the event location can be found here:

Please feel free to contact Dominic Eggbeer or click here to find out more about the workshop and travel.  


CARTIS Partner PDR Introduces Online DICOM Data Delivery

We’re now a few weeks into using the Image Exchange Portal (IEP) that enables the UK NHS to send us DICOM data securely over the internet.  The process is significantly more efficient than posting encrypted CDs and also offers extra security and traceability. 

It is also improving our ability to undertake urgent cases.  We can now collaborate on cases the same day as the patient is scanned if required.  In some cases, this means that we can fabricate a model or custom guide overnight, ready for dispatch the next day. 

If your hospital is connected to the IEP, a small additional form must be completed before you can send data to us.  Instructions can be found here

Please contact Dominic Eggbeer for further details.


CARTIS Welcomes First Minister of Wales Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM 

L-R: Sean Peel (Design & Research Engineer - PDR), Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM, Gavin Cawood (Director - PDR), Emily Bilbie (Surgical & Prosthetic Design Technician - PDR)

We were very pleased this week to welcome the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to PDR along with his guest, Jeremy Cliffe - journalist at The Economist. The visit was at the First Minister’s request to see the work of the CARTIS team first-hand - who have recently made headlines around the world following pioneering work using 3D printing and computer planning in reconstructive surgery.   

Also present to welcome the visitors were Adrian Sugar and Peter Evans of Morriston hospital in Swansea who, in addition to collaborating on the design and performing the surgery for this recent case, have worked in close partnership with the team at PDR for over sixteen years.  This partnership was formalised in 2006 by the establishment of CARTIS.  In addition to the focus on this recent case, the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team at PDR use advanced manufacturing technologies to produce hundreds of custom medical devices and models for use in surgery in UK hospitals each year - and continue to push the frontiers in this field to reduce costs and improve treatment outcomes.

L-R: Gavin Cawood (Director - PDR), Peter Evans (Maxillofacial Lab Manager - Morriston Hospital), Sean Peel (Design & Research Engineer - PDR), Professor Antony Chapman (Vice Chancellor - Cardiff Metropolitan University), Dr Dominic Eggbeer (Sugical & Prosthetic Design Unit Manager - PDR), Adrian Sugar (Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon - Morriston Hospital / CARTIS Chair), Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM