3D printing or additive manufacturing, one of the medical technology advances is widely used in many industries not just medical sector. The technique involves taking a digital model of the subject in question and printing it in additional layers of suitable material. This is done to create a new version of the subject.
This session discusses the major applications of 3D printing in medical industry.
Using a computer-guided pipette, living cells are layered on top of each other to form artificial living tissue. The layer of living cells is called bio-ink. As the organoids mimic organs on a miniature scale, they are used for medicinal research, and trials to use them as a cheaper alternative to organ transplants are currently going on.
Surgery Preparation With The Assistance Of 3D Printed Models
3D printing can efficiently create patient-specific replicas of organs so that surgeons can practice on them before complicated surgeries. The technique speeds up surgery procedures and minimizes the trauma that patients have to undergo.
The practice has become more like a routine procedure that is performed in spinal procedures and full-face transplant.
3D Printing Of Surgical Instruments
3D printer can be used to make sterile surgical instruments like hemostats , forceps, scalpel, clamps etc .Some of the surgical tools are based on origami, an ancient Japanese practice that increases the precision of the instruments. As these devices can be made very small, tiny areas in the human body can be easily operated on without causing unnecessary injury to the patient.
Surgical instruments produced using 3D printing technology has lower associate costs when compared to traditional methods of manufacturing.
Manufacturing Of Prosthetics
3D printing can be effectively used to make prosthetic limbs that are customized for the user. In the general process, amputees have to wait weeks and months to receive the prosthetics but with 3D printing, the process is multiple times faster than the traditional route.
Children mostly outgrow the prosthetic limbs that they wear quickly, and the lower price rate of the prosthetics made using 3D technology are suitable choices because they are relatively cheaper than the prosthetics produced using traditional methods.
3D printing allows patients to design prosthetics that are customized for their needs.
Patient education is one of the top priorities of health care centers but communicating medical reports verbally or by showing MRI scans or CT scan images to the patients cannot convey the information about their medical condition effectively. 3D representations like anatomic models improve the quality of doctor-patient communication.
Collaboration of technology and medicine sets a strong foundation to modern healthcare. 3D printing is a potent medical technology that increases the opportunity of medical and pharmaceutical companies enabling them to produce medical implants rapidly and helps doctors and surgeons plan surgery procedures with better precision.