A medical RP questionnaire

From: Gerard Ryder (gerard@cad.strath.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 12:47:46 EET

Dear list,

I am sending this mail on behalf of a final year student who is trying to help
us to understand how RP (and RT, RM etc) could be used to benefit the
medical industry.
Please if you feel that you have a valid point of view please fill out the
questionnaire and return to me
at my e-mail (gerard@cad.strath.ac.uk). All replys would be acceptable not
just completed questionnaires,
case studies and lessons learnt are all just as valid.

EVERYONE who contributes to this survey will receive the results of the survey.

(if your e-mail engine doesn't support text formatting then our fax is +44
(0)141 548 3309)

Thank you

Dr Gerard Ryder

Dear Sir/madam,
I am a student at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, UK. My
research is on the "Use of Rapid Prototyping (RP) in the medical field."
The aim of my research is to investigate areas in medicine where rapid
prototying is currently been used, to identify current problems with
the technology and new potential areas where it can be or should be used.

I have attached a questionnaire to the bottom of this message. If you feel you
have time I would be grateful if you could highlight the appropriate
options and e-mail me back the results. I will e-mail the results of this
survey to all who participate.

Kind Regards,

Abrar Sadiq


The department of Design and Manufacture and Engineering Management within
the University of Strathclyde is currently researching the level of
knowledge of Rapid Prototyping (RP) and its applications and benefits within
the medical field. The aim of this questionnaire is to also determine areas
that need further research as well as new areas where RP can be used which
will benefit the medical field in the near future. To contribute please
spare a few minutes.

Profession: (Please type below)

Specialist Field:(Please type below)

1. Which of the following rapid prototypng technologies are you aware
of/used? (please highlight all that apply.)



YES/NO-----Selective laser sintering-----YES/NO

YES/NO-----Laminated Object Manufacture--YES/NO

YES/NO-----Fused Deposition Modelling----YES/NO


Other (please type below)

If you have not used any of the above, please go to Q.4

2. What was RP used for and why? (Please type below)

2A. Did it meet the purpose it was used for? (Please type below)

2B. Were there any limitations that the technology imposed? (Please type below)

3. Rate each of the following advantages of RP in terms of their importance
(For each advantage, please highlight ONE number according to your rating)

                                                  Most Important--------
Least Important

Improved Visualisation of anatomical features-----[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Preoperative planning for
Reducing operating

Minimising errors in operation------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Faster recovery times---------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Promoting good communication between
patient and surgeon----------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Improved implant design---------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Faster recovery times-------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Time to make implants via rapid tooling-------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Other (please state)

4. Rate the following disadvantages of Rapid Prototyping in terms of their
(For each disadvantage, please highlight ONE number according to your rating)

                                       Most Important-------- Least Important

Expensive Equipment--------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Scanning: parameters: slice thickness-------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Limited material choice: biocompatibility-----[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Poor Strength-------------------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Poor Surface finish-----------------------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Not enough education of technology to the
specialist in the medical field--------------------[1]--[2]--[3]--[4]--[5]
Other (please state)

5. Are there any other problems with RP technology that limits its use?
(Please type below)

6. RP technologies are relatively new and the developments are ongoing for
improvement, are there any areas where you can this technology being used
in the medical field? (please type below)

Thank you for taking time to fill in the questionnaire. Your help is
greatly appreciated.


CONTACT DETAILS (optional please type)

Company Name:




Dr Gerard Ryder MEng PhD
RDM Centre
3.05 Colville Building
The University of Strathclyde
48 North Portland Street
G1 1XM

Telephone: 0141 548 3486
Fax: 0141 548 3309

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