China has about 1.5 million patients who suffer from organ failure every year and only 10,000 of these patients get organ transplantation due to shortage of donor organs. According to Shanghai’s National Business Daily, 3D printing is a very promising technology that may help the organ transplantation shortage in China.
Chen Jiming, an engineering professor from Beijing University of Technology, noted that using 3D printing technology in the field of medicine is a long process thus the medical
3D printing has made it possible for researchers to make innovations in the field of science and medicine. Currently, biomechanical engineer Filip Jelinek from the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology created prototypes for an innovative medical device that can help doctors remove cancerous tissues.
The new medical device will be used to perform a minimally invasive procedure called keyhole operation. With this tool, patients will have faster recovery time and have a small post
3D medical printing holds a very big potential in the field of medical science. The capacity of 3D medical printing to create customized implants, as well as medical devices, is catered specifically to a patient’s anatomy. To date, 3D printing has already been used to revolutionize many surgical procedures.
One of the most revolutionary way 3D printing was used to replace a cancer patient’s upper jaw. Specialists scanned the patient’s face to create a 3D reconstruction of their face. This was u
3D bioprinting has a lot of applications in the field of medicine. Innovators are making significant contributions to the development of the said technology. Aside from prosthetics, researchers can now use 3D bioprinting for stem cell research.
Researchers from the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland was the first group to 3D print stem cells using the valve-based technique. Dr. Will Shu, the lead researcher of the experiment, wants to use 3D printing technology for patient-specific drug tre
Many doctors these days are now including 3D printing as part of their many surgical procedures. Dr. Jamie Levine from NYU Langone noted that there is a paradigm shift when it comes to doing surgical procedure in terms of using and relying on 3D printing.
A lot of hospitals all over the United States have already embraced 3D printing to create tools, models or craft tissues used for surgery. One of the hospitals that are leading the paradigm shift is the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic
Heart problems among children are one of the most difficult cases that surgeons have to deal with. The common reason for this is that the size of the heart is tiny which makes it difficult to conduct the operation. However, doctors from St. Thomas Medical Hospital in London used 3D printing technology to help pediatric patients with heart problems.
3D printing specialists, Gerald Geli, and Professor David Anderson created a medical innovation that can likely save many lives of patients sufferin
3D printing is an essential tool in the modern medical technology as it is used in multitude of applications. One testament of the efficacy of 3D printing technology was its use on a double knee replacement surgery in China.
Doctors from Handan, China used 3D printing technology to repair the legs of a young patient requiring double knee surgery. Suffering from the condition called genu varum deficiency, the patient is characterized having bow legs due to the inward angulation of the knee
The most common applications of 3D printing in medical technology is in orthopedics. However, medical 3D printing has been innovated so that it is now used to create synthetic organs for pathological studies of diseases.
The researchers from the Tulane University School of Medicine have been working with 3D printing to create models of soft tissue tumors. The researchers hope to use the models to study the condition of the soft tissue tumor in their individual patients. The models can also h
3D printing does not only give advantage to patients but also doctors. This technology provides a tool that makes it easier for medical professionals to do their job as well as medical students during their training. Hamish McIntosh, an industrial engineering masters student from Victoria University of Wellington, developed a way to make suture training a real-life experience for medical students by using 3D printing to create artificial skin.
Suturing is an art for experienced doctors but tho
3D printing is a technology that is widely used in the medical field. Recently, a girl suffering from a rare facial defect called Tessier facial cleft found new hope from 3D medical printing. The Tessier facial cleft is a condition that leaves a fissure on the skull. In most cases, patients suffering from this condition need to undergo complicated surgeries that may put their lives at risk.
The patient, Violet Pietrok, was born without a nose because of her condition. Moreover, her eyes were al
3D printing is used in bioengineering patient compatible organs and cell structures but it is also used in the side of the pharmaceutical industry. A group of researchers from the University College London’s School of Pharmacy used 3D printing to explore the effects of geometry on the characteristics of drug release on pills and tablets. Their study aims to produce differently-shaped tablets that are difficult to create using traditional methods.
Traditional methods in creating tablets is fabri
As 3D printing technology has gained traction in the medical field, researchers were able to use the said technology to develop groundbreaking techniques to regenerate nerves for both motor and sensory functions. Regenerating nerves is a complicated process thus people with injuries involving nerves suffer from permanent damage. With the new technique, scientists hope to help more than hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from nerve diseases.
To regenerate nerves using the 3D printin
3D printing technology is becoming mainstream in many first world countries. Unfortunately, poor countries are not able to benefit from this innovation. 3D printing is a technology that could have benefited many patients from poor countries especially those who are in need of quality prosthetics. London-based 3D printing company 3D LifePrints was able to provide 3D prosthetics to amputee patients from poor and developing countries. It was estimated that more than 15 million amputees from the poo
3D printing has made its way in medical technology. In fact, there are many uses of 3D printing in medicine. One of the most innovative uses of 3D printing was developed by doctors in Zhujiang Hospital in China by using it to study a very complex surgical procedure called liver resection surgery.
Professor of Department of Hepatobiliary in Zhujiang Hospital Fang Chihua noted that surgically removing tumor in the liver is very difficult if conventional imaging methods are used. Without sufficie
There are many applications of 3D printing in the medical world and it is no longer surprising if experts in this field will develop even more outrageous uses for it. While it is common to hear about 3D printed bones or other important organs of the body, some researchers have already taken 3D printing to the next level by printing body parts which 3D printers do not commonly print.
German cosmetic industry giant Anita has recently used 3D printers to create breast prosthetics. The breast pros
3D printing is not only used to create prosthetics but it has a lot of medical applications. Researchers from the University of Michigan used 3D printers to create splints made from compatible biomaterials to help children suffering from airway anomalies such as tracheobronchomalacia which is a condition that causes the airways to spontaneously collapse.
Children born with airway anomalies do not have any treatment options except surgery. But the problem with conventional surgical procedures
3D printing has a lot of benefits particularly in the field of medicine. Currently, 3D medical printing is used by orthopedic surgeons to create artificial bones for patients who need limb replacements. It also has a bright future ahead as medical researchers see the potential of using 3D bioprinting and merging it with other technologies like stem cell therapy. Although 3D medical printing is becoming a normal procedure in the medical industry, it has raised several ethical questions.
Orbital hypertelorism is a disorder where there is an abnormal distance between the eyes. This is caused by the abnormal development of the bones in the forehead during infancy stage. This condition is often a syndrome of many diseases like Edwards disease and Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
Recently, an Indian-based company called Osteo3D created a solution for people suffering from this condition. Dr. Sathish Vasishta and Dr. Derick Mendonca from Sakra Hospital in Bangalore used a 3D printed model to
Medacta USA announced that two US surgeons have completed the first ever spinal reconstruction using 3D printing. Spinal surgery got a boost from 3D medical printing thus giving hopes to many patients suffering from spinal diseases.
Dr. Samuel S. Jorgenson and Dr. Richard Manos from the Spine Institute of Idaho were the first surgeons to use the technology dubbed as the MySpine Patient Matched Technology. The spinal cord is an important part of the central nervous system next to the brain. It
Synthesizing smaller molecules to explore different compounds in the field of medicine and technology, as a whole, can offer immense potential. However, the problem of synthesizing molecules is that it is a time consuming process and not all researchers have access to molecule-synthesizing tools.
Recently, researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have simplified a way to manufacture small molecules from a common set of building blocks using specialized 3D printers for small molecule
3D printing is not only used in creating implants in the medical industry, but it is now also being used to develop interesting devices that can help doctors improve their practice. Recently, Harvard-educated physician and innovator Dr. Julielynn Wong created an innovative solar powered bag using 3D printing.
The purpose of her innovative bag is to help doctors assigned in underprivileged areas. She created 3D printed diagnostic devices used for testing malaria and water potability. She
Creating multicellular structures is a delicate procedure. For instance, the human heart is comprised of more than 2 billions of muscle cells that should be aligned and interact with one another to work properly. While 3D Bioprinting is a promising technology that allows scientists to create biological tissues, the problem remains—there is no single method available that uses a high level of precision to create multicellular structures that are functional, viable, and has good integrity.
With the combined efforts of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the researchers from the University of Bath (Department of Chemical Engineering), they have created a water sensor through 3D printing that can check the water system’s safety levels for consumption. The device created by the researchers can provide round the clock water quality assessment which is a useful tool for people in the developing world to ensure that their drinking water is safe.
With the help of a 3d printer, the resea
3D printing has gone a long way from being utilized in creating medical models to creating real organs. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland were able to create noses using a 3D bioprinter. The method of 3D bioprinting nose implants was developed by a team of researchers led by Marcy Zenobi-Wong and Matti Kesti. The 3D bioprinted noses can be used as implants on people who are suffering from nose anomalies due to genetic problems or because of injur
Orbital rim fractures refer to the injury around the outer edges of the eye socket. Such injuries are obtained by extreme force like in car accidents. This injury can lead to serious repercussions to the vision, blurry and double vision among many others is examples of which.
Small orbital rim fractures are treated with ice packs and antibiotics but these treatments no longer work for larger and more complicated fractures. Ophthalmologists need to resort to surgical procedures to treat patients