3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care

Following a bilateral lung transplant, a patient at Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute developed an unusual bronchomalacia. He struggled with recurring pneumonia and had trouble clearing secretions.

An airway stent became necessary, but standard devices would not suffice. A stent of the proper length and diameter – designed with a tapered end, to match the patient’s anatomy – did not exist. Continue reading “3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care”

Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain

A Saskatoon neurosurgeon has managed to print a 3D replica of a patient’s brain.

Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, worked with a team of engineers to produce the model. It’s an exact replica of a specific patient’s brain, and he says it will let him practice surgeries.

‘I feel that in the next 20, maybe 25 years, we will be able to print biological materials. We may be able to print organs.’ – Dr. Ivar Mendez Continue reading “Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain”

Researchers Develop New Technique to 3D-Print Heart Models Based on MRI Scans

Heart surgery might be one of the most worrying medical procedures patients ever have to undergo, but in the future we could feel considerably safer in the knowledge that surgeons have already planned the operation beforehand – using a highly realistic, personalised 3D model of the blood-pumping organ in question. Continue reading “Researchers Develop New Technique to 3D-Print Heart Models Based on MRI Scans”

Color Coded 3D Printed Model Used in Heart Transplant Surgery

There comes a day in everyone’s life when they realize that the human heart bears no resemblance to that double lobed drawing that shows up on Valentine’s Day cards and cheap tattoos. For most of us, a vague understanding of what it looks like is all the knowledge we need. However, if you are a surgeon, and you are faced with the task of performing a heart transplant, you need to know the ins and outs in a great deal more detail. Continue reading “Color Coded 3D Printed Model Used in Heart Transplant Surgery”