Special Issues

Special Issue Title: 3D Printing in Heart and Cardiovascular Disease

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· Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Zhonghua Sun

John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Head of Discipline, Medical Radiation Science, Curtin Medical School
Program Lead in Chronic Disease (including Program Lead in advanced imaging), Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI), Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University Australia

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Interests: Cardiovascular CT imaging; 3D printing of heart and cardiovascular disease; Diagnostic radiology; Radiation dose optimisation; Virtual reality; Augmented reality

A/Prof. Dr. Laszlo Kiraly, MD, PhD, FETCS

Head, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Professor in Medicine (Hon), Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, National University Hospital Singapore

National University of Singapore, Department of Surgery, Singapore

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Interests: Morphology of congenital heart disease; Congenital heart surgery; Neonatal complex cardiac repair; 3D modelling and printing of congenital cardiac anomalies; 3D bioprinting and biofabrication; Augmented reality and enhanced surgical visualization; Medical education

Ebrahim Mostafavi, PhD

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

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Interests: Nanomedicine; Human induced pluripotent stem cells; Cardiovascular regenerative medicine; stem cells; 3D bioprinting of vascularized cardiac tissues; Biomaterials; Tissue engineering; Drug delivery; Antimicrobial materials; Hydrogels

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the special issue “3D Printing in Heart and Cardiovascular Disease”.

Three-dimensional (3D) printing has undergone rapid developments over the last decade with increasing reports in medical applications. Use of patient-specific 3D printed models has shown great value and potential in cardiovascular disease with studies documenting the clinical usefulness in assisting preoperative planning and simulation of complex cardiac surgery procedures, improving our understanding of spatial relationship between complex cardiac anatomical structures and pathologies, enhancing doctor-patient communication and medical education. This special issue aims to create a platform for researchers from different disciplines to share their recent research outputs on 3D printing in heart and cardiovascular disease.
Potential topics include, but not limited to:
• Recent development of 3D printing technologies and printing materials in cardiovascular disease
• 3D printing in heart disease, specifically in congenital heart disease
• 3D printing in cardiovascular disease including surgical planning and treatment
• 3D printing in medical education
• 3D printing in investigation of cardiac CT imaging protocols
• 3D printing in tissue engineering and bioprinting

Authors are encouraged to discuss with the guest editors to determine the suitability of their intended manuscripts. Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author guidelines, which are available at Author Instructions via: https://rcm.imrpress.com/EN/column/column172.shtml 

We look forward to receiving your excellent work. 

Thank you very much!

Prof. Dr. Zhonghua Sun and A/Prof. Dr. Laszlo Kiraly

Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://rcm.imrpress.org by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by IMR Press.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1950. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.


3D printing; Medicine; Heart; Cardiovascular disease; Additive manufacturing; Application; Model; Congenital cardiac; Surgical emulation; HOST (hands-on-surgical-training)

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Planned Paper(s)

Title: The role of 3D printed heart models in immediate and long-term knowledge acquisition in medical education
Author(s): Zhonghua Sun et al.

Title: Optimal coronary CT scanning protocols in the assessment of calcified coronary plaques using 3D printed coronary models
Author(s): Zhonghua Sun et al.

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