3D printing is the future of medical technology


Conservative estimates indicate that over 3 million patients have been directly impacted by 3D printing. Meet some of these patients. Hear what it meant to them and why what you are doing is so important. The stories will be presented at MD&M Minneapolis. Click here for more details.

Facial reconstruction:

For John Roby, the path to healing facial injuries was paved through teamwork between plastic surgery and radiology using 3D printing. In an instant – the grip on the handbrakes, the squealing tires, the realization of what was to come, the inevitable collision between the motorcycle and the passenger side of a van – everything changed for John Roby. Although he doesn’t know how, he is fully aware of why he was taken to the Mayo Clinic. And he is grateful. He was, he says now, unrecognizable – “a mess of broken bones”.

Childhood brain tumour:

10 month old boy with a rare brain tumour. Papilloma of the choroid plexus in the cerebral third ventricle and mild hydrocephalus. Surgery is needed quickly to relieve the pressure in the brain caused by hydrocephalus. Virtual and 3D printed models were prepared. The surgeon guided the family using the 3D models to educate the safe way of surgery to remove the tumor in its entirety. Leaving behind only a 4” incision, the patient made a full recovery.

3D printed model for craniosynostosis education and preoperative planning:

3D printed skull models of a 2 month old patient with unilateral coronal craniosynostosis and resulting asymmetric brachycephaly, right orbital enlargement and raised orbital rim were provided to the neurosurgical team for surgical planning and another for family. After interacting with the physical models, family members and the neurosurgical team were able to better understand the condition and the planned surgical correction. The patient is doing well after cranioplasty and orbital advancement.


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