Patches is a nine year old dachshund from Willamsport, Pa who, thanks to the efforts of an international team of researchers may have just made medical history.
That's because 3D printed custom titanium plates were recently used to replace about 70 percent of the skull as part of surgery to remove a serious brain tumor.It's a very novel operation that's been done in North America for the first time, and, according to a statement, it could also chart a road map for humans to perform similar operations.Meanwhile, the patch is now cancer-free.
How 3D Printing Can Revolutionize Personalized Medicine
Successful surgery USES a lot of innovative technology, which is ultimately the effort of a super high-tech team.Oblak worked with a rapid prototyping team at Ontario Veterinary School to develop a 3D map of the tumor and Patches’ skull, and then worked with an engineer to create a 3D printed model on which Oblak could practice the surgery.
The need to develop more personalized drugs and eliminate transplant donors has been one of the most promising applications of 3D printing.And while it takes a very long time to go from proof-of-concept to actually being used in surgeries, researchers are getting closer to being able to 3D print whole body parts.Back in May, for example, some researchers in the UK used 3D printing to create the first human cornea.