MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — Intermountain Medical Center underwent a fascinating case of using 3D technology to prepare doctors for a very complex surgery.

3D technology in different forms were used, from images projected on a screen, to a printed form. It allowed surgeons to practice surgery before stepping into the operating room.

Wes Nance from St. George developed kidney stones. That’s not unusual.
What is, is his anatomy. Nance’s kidneys had developed in the wrong place.

Dr. Jay Bishoff, “kidneys are supposed to develop high up in the abdomen and tilt inward. His never went up. It got stuck way down low in the pelvis.”


Dr. Bishoff, “unusual blood vessels coming in unusual places you can’t predict.”

This presented a dangerous situation for Dr. Jay Bishoff who would perform the surgery.
Dr. Bishoff, the Medical Director of the Intermountain Medical Center Urological Institute in Murray teamed up with Intermountain Healthcare’s Innovation Lab to create 3D reconstruction of Wes’ anatomy.
From previous CAT scans came multiple forms of 3D images.
One you can hold in your hand, a 3D printout, and others that project on a glasses-free television screen.
The cutting edge technology was used while Dr. Bishoff was in the operating room.

“With 3D monitor we could actually put the monitor in the operation room and see the kidney without the goggles. I dreamt about this that we’d be able to use this one day and now we do.”
Todd Dunn, Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab, “the key is collaborating with a clinician and focusing on the progress of the clinician.  We’re trying to find technology to make it easier for clinicians to deliver the care and outcomes they want to deliver.”
Not only were these 3D images extremely helpful in preparing and during the surgery, but the team who operated on Wes graded the different 3D models during surgery to learn how helpful each tool may be the best in the future.