A cancer patient receives world’s first 3D printed ribs

A cancer patient receives world's first 3D printed ribs - tinoshare.com
A cancer patient receives world's first 3D printed ribs - tinoshare.com

3D printing is still one of the greatest technological advances of recent times. In these years we have seen how it has begun to implement all kinds of purposes, from for printing clothes up to that ofarms through all kinds of technological devices, but one of the fields where they really is going strong is in the medicine.

The latest medical breakthrough thanks to 3D printers has been indeed in our country, where a team from the University Hospital of Salamanca has managed to transplant successfully for the first time in the world a sternum and some ribs printed a pacienteque had suffered sarcoma of the chest wall.

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A cancer patient receives world's first 3D printed ribs  - tinoshare.com

The patient of 54 years old had a sarcoma, a type of tumor that grows in this case in the chest andhad spread along the sternum and the ribs . I extract it for their surgeons had to also remove that part of the skeleton, which normally is supplied by inserting a titanium plate to strengthen the place.

But thanks to the technology of three-dimensional printing is now possible to create specially designed and adapted to each person and situation implants. So the University Hospital of Salamanca contacted the Australian medical company Anatomics to create a customizable titanium implant that could replicate the structure of the sternum and ribs.

his company used a CT scanner to analyze and recreate the patient’s chest wall and the amount that had to recreate a 3D model created and then sent to the lab print Lab 22 CSIRO, which has a powerful and expensive printer metal -Cuesta about 1.3 million Australians dollars with which they finished the job.

Once finished and polished metal part returned to Salamanca, where it was successfully implemented in the convalescent . Two weeks later the man is progressing satisfactorily, bringing 3D printers have returned to show us what they can already do for us, and it allows us to get an idea of all you can keep doing from now.