Interview with Shannon Walters, Stanford 3D Lab (Video)

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Shannon Walters is an innovation enabler and workflow-optimization enthusiast. At Stanford 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab, Shannon works closely with healthcare providers, researchers, and educators to enable effective health visualization.

Recent innovations are of particular interest to Shannon such as 3D Printing, immersive volumetric visualization, and concise reporting of changes over time. Mr. Walters will be a speaker on “3D Printing for Point of Care- Stanford Experience” for our upcoming June virtual conference 3DHEALS2020.

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3DHEALS Dr. Jenny Chen Interviewing 3DHEALS2020 Speaker Mr. Shannon Walters

Jenny: Since our last interview, what has changed for the industry?

Shannon: (3D Printing, or Healthcare 3D Printing) – Healthcare 3D Printing has expanded greatly and become a much more recognized “modality”, if you will. The printers have expanded in capabilities and materials. More vendors are in the mix and many more sites are dabbling or expanding their 3D printing chops. 

Jenny: What were some of the most memorable moments or news in your community since our last interview?

Shannon: (relevant to 3D printing, bioprinting) – The full-color printing options are opening up a lot of avenues. From the HP printer with vibrant/sterilizable/tough prints to the digital anatomy printers that Stratasys has offered, the release and first examples of these models are among the memorable moment. Beyond this, we have made accomplishments at our site such as getting a first major printer, achieving our first regular clinical 3D print, and providing our first 3D printing fellowship. 

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Stanford 3D Quantitative Lab Bison Project Photo Credit: Stanford 3D Quantitative Imaging Lab

Jenny: Since our last interview, have you met any new acquaintances who will be most impactful to your future work? If so, want to name them and give them a shout out?

Shannon: I don’t recall when my last interview was, but my team at Stanford is Chris LeCastillo, Kyle Gifford, and Marie-Anne Valiquette. All of whom work together and create a great program for 3D printing. Externally, we are grateful for our many vendors and their awesome staff, too many to name. 

Jenny: What projects are you currently work on? Anything 3DHEALS community can help you with?

Shannon: Trying to move into sterilizable printing workflow. The nuances of this workflow are mainly internal. We also must figure out payment, but this is part of the long game. 

Jenny: Any new startups in healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting since our last interview in your area?

Shannon: This isn’t something I’ve kept a keen eye on, rather we’ve been trying to leverage our earlier investments to the greatest capacity. I still think the 3D printing workflow isn’t well addressed by vendors: from supplies, disposal, requests, approvals, to quality assurance, we need software that helps us do the entire process well. 

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Anatomy: Disarticulating Congenital Heart Disease ; Purpose: Provide example of Transposition of Great Arteries Mustard Switch procedure; Print Technique: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM); Image Source: Computed Tomography of the Chest, 1 mm voxel resolution; Segmentation Difficulty: Very Difficult; ensuring no overlap of structures was difficult, many different models; Credit: Chris Letrong, Shannon Walters — Stanford University Department of Radiology, 3D and Quantitative Imaging Laboratory.

Jenny: Want to share some of your biggest adventures since our last interview?

Shannon: Work or life related. I’m heavily involved in volunteering for Scouts BSA, having both of my daughters participating in scouts. I’ve been learning a lot about situational leadership and working on passing on that knowledge to other leaders. 

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