3D Printed Organs Offer Ultra-Realistic Practice Models

An incision from the surgeon’s scalpel sends liquid oozing over the surface of a the lung, but on this occasion it doesn’t matter if something goes wrong — the doctor can simply create another model with a 3D printer.

The ultra-realistic lung — wet, soft, and complete with tumours and blood vessels — is one of a range of organs being produced by a Japanese firm that will allow surgeons to hone their skills without hurting anyone.

“With the wet model, doctors can experience the softness of organs and see them bleed,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of creator Fasotec, a company based in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo. … (read more)

Source: BusinessInsider.com