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3D-printed splint saves infant's life

3D-printed splint saves infant's life | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse.
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Matthew Wheeler, a University of Illinois Professor of Animal Sciences and member of the Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering research theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), worked with a team of five researchers to test 3D-printed, bioresorbable airway splints in porcine, or pig, animal models with severe, life-threatening tracheobronchomalacia.

This news update describes how he used this technique to save the life of a six-weeks old infant.

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Doctors want to put 3D printers on the surgeon's table

Doctors want to put 3D printers on the surgeon's table | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Soon, 3D printers will become a standart surgical tool, and will allow to print & replace specific bone and cartilage segments duing surgery. This article describes the work of  dr. Lawrence J. Bonasser from Cornell university. He is working to develop a revolutionary new surgical procedure to repair spinal discs with the help of 3D printing.

Although it sounds science fiction, we are almost there...

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