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3D Printing in Medicine

A 3D printed skull, jaw, ear, heart, kidney, hip, hand and more. The list is long. This new technology has become such a key trend in the medical sector that we soon may be able to print every single body part.


Beyond the ability to produce new prosthetics and implants with a 3D printer, the rise of this technology represents a huge advance in surgical planning by improving our understanding of anatomy and optimizing surgery. It also opens the door to a small revolution in dentistry, with the eventual goal of creating 3D printed permanent teeth.

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Replicating the heart in 3D improves understanding significantly.
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The ability to produce highly detailed three-dimensional models from radiological scans is a huge advance, not only in prosthetics and implants but also in surgical preparation.   Hospitals generally use 3D printing to produce highly detailed models of patient-specific structures from CT and MRI scans. Images from...

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A Spanish cancer patient received a brand new sternum manufactured in titanium through 3D Printing.

INFOGRAPHICS. 3D printed medical equipment is no longer a fantasy. Medical professionals need to pay attention to what has become a key trend in the industry, with an almost continuous flow of announcements. From sternums to robotic hands and thyroid glands, we have selected some of the most stunning examples.

1: Skull

2: Jaw

3: Ear

4: Trachea

5: Thyroid Gland

6: Sternum

7: Heart

8: Hand

9: Kidney

10: Hip

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No human can work as accurately as a printer when creating a model.
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A revolution is underway in dentistry: 3D printing. Today, temporary crowns and bridges are already produced using 3D techniques. Important challenges remain before permanent teeth can be printed.   “It begins with the intraoral scanner that replaces the traditional dental impression,” explained Gil Lavi, Vice...

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It’s a new step for 3D printing in medicine. At the beginning of February, BioArchitects received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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CARLO might become the surgeon’s best assistant when it comes to cutting bone. The acronym evokes a promising technique in osteotomy. A Cold Ablation...

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    Presented at ArabHealth in Dubai in late January, the newly opened  Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Digital Hospital in the United Arab Emirates biggest city is fully equipped with the latest technology, making it a real hospital of the future.

    Smart App

    It starts with the hospital’s app through which a patient can find the most suitable doctor and make an appointment online. In a second, the patient receives a confirmation SMS and, within 24 hours, a call to confirm, cancel or postpone the appointment.


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    Paperless Hospital

    On the first visit, the hospital scans a patient’s ID and records his or her biometrics. Even the consent form is digitized. On subsequent visits, only a fingerprint scan is necessary for immediate access to the patient’s digital records. Another benefit of a paperless hospital is that patients can have access to their own medical records via their phone; doctors also can examine their patients’ records anytime, even from home, and prescribe medication as needed.

    State-Of-The-Art Equipment

    In partnership with GE Healthcare, the hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art radiology department. For example, patients can choose and manage an enhanced audiovisual experience during their MRI or CT scans. Designed for adults and children alike, a range of 11 “themes” can be selected on an iPad before entering the examination room. During the scan, patients see images representing the chosen theme on a large ceiling-mounted screen, while ambient lighting and music help put them at ease. They can even choose music from their own media library.


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    Ambulance with Google Glass

    The hospital has one emergency ambulance equipped with Google Glass. The unit is worn like a pair of glasses by the emergency medical technician, enabling en-route communication with the hospital doctor. The technician also can send pictures and videos.

    Modern Connected Rooms

    Rooms are specially designed to help patients relax, providing them with WiFi access, a smart bedside tablet to view prescription and medical records, talk to family, watch movies or control room lights, curtains, AC, etc. The hospital also likes to keep a watchful eye on its patients. For example, a camera atop each nursery crib enables a new mother to watch her newborn from her own room.

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    A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants...

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    “The bigger the better” does not always apply. The miniscule lab-on-a-chip recently developed by Rutgers University researchers measures only several square...

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    Medical professionals are now moving forward on 4D-printed objects, generating structures that change shape and functionality without external intervention. We...

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    Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have recently developed antimicrobial resins which enable them to 3D print teeth and other dental implants that kill Streptococcus mutans, the microbe that causes tooth decay.

    To do this, chemistry professor Andreas Herrmann and his team combined antibacterial ammonium salts with standard dental resins. The positively charged salts disrupt the negatively charged bacterial membranes, killing the microbes.

    They put the mix in a Formlabs Form 1 3D printer and printed a range of dental objects, from replacement teeth to orthodontic braces. To test the new material, they applied saliva and Streptococcus mutans to the samples.

    They found that the material eliminated over 99 per cent of the bacteria, compared to less than 1 per cent for a control sample without the added salts. According to the researchers, such implants will not harm human cells.

    Further tests still must be done, but this new technology could have a huge impact, especially for people in low-resource areas without access to dentists.


    Margaux Gianfranceschi

    Margaux Gianfranceschi is a medical professional based in France.

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    Celia Sampol

    Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She’s now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

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