3D printing techniques used to create low-cost pediatric rib cartilage model

When surgical residents need to practice a complicated procedure to fashion a new ear for children without one, they typically get a bar of soap, carrot or an apple.

To treat children with a missing or under-developed ear, experienced surgeons harvest pieces of rib cartilage from the child and carve them into the framework of a new ear. They take only as much of that precious cartilage as they need. Continue reading “3D printing techniques used to create low-cost pediatric rib cartilage model”