A great approach to health innovations

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Medical technology is advancing considerably in the development of diagnostic methods and treatments. Among these technologies, 3D printing is the one that has brought a new form of processing in several ways. The technology is used to grow new surgical cuttings and patient-specific replicas of bones, organs and blood vessels.

3D printing is most widely used in

  • Orthopedics – a medical field related to the skeletal system and associated structures
  • Pediatrics – a branch of medicine dealing with infants and children
  • Radiology – branch of medicine that deals with radiant energy in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Oncology – the study of cancer

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Applications of 3D printing in healthcare

3D printing benefits different sectors of the medical industry. She imagines new ways to offer personalized care and more efficient medical devices.

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Orthopedic implants

Orthopedic implants are medical devices that replace a missing joint or bone through surgery. 3D technology has enabled the creation of durable and better-fitting implants. Nowadays, a wide range of implants such as spine, hip, knee and skull can be made using this technology.

The technology offers a flexible design that can enable faster assimilations between living bone and an artificial implant.

Personalized surgery

3D printing has great uses in the medical industry, providing anatomical models. Desktop 3D printers and software have enabled hospitals to produce high-accuracy 3D printed models that facilitate pre-surgical planning.

Patient-specific anatomical models help surgeons make better treatment decisions. It also reduces the time needed for surgery and helps prevent complications.

3D printers can reproduce organs and are also great tools for medical education, training and research.

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Medical and dental devices

The global 3D printing medical device market presents excellent growth opportunities in the future. Prostheses, restorations, orthodontic appliances and dental prostheses are the devices that can benefit significantly from 3D printing.

The lower cost associated with 3D printing makes it very useful for creating prostheses for children as they grow rapidly and can quickly outgrow traditional prostheses.

Additionally, the technology can be used to create patient-specific prostheses based on their anatomy, thereby improving the fit of the prosthesis.

Breaking with the “one size fits all” approach

3D printing in healthcare

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3D printing has great potential to break the “one size fits all” approach to healthcare. Generally, surgeons use tools of the same size and shape for all patients, which is not adjustable for people with different anatomy. In this case, 3D printing holds great promise in two ways:

  • Enables pre-planning of surgery by creating an accurate anatomical map of the patient
  • Allows you to create tools very well adapted to the anatomy of a patient

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