Special Session : 3D-Printing in Medicine
3D-printing in Medicine
Any medical conference will be incomplete without a panel on 3D printing and its applications in medicine. In an age where new medical technologies are in such high demand, wouldn't a 3D bioprinter be useful?
The major breakthroughs of 3D-printing
Surgeons are now using 3D printing service to practice complex surgeries, and that time is not far when they will perform surgeries using implants/ 3D printed organs in patients. The following are some major advances that 3D-printing technologies have made in the past decade :
Organ Bioprinting: Scientists and researchers in the medical field have successfully printed kidney cells, sheets of cardiac tissue that resemble a real heart and human liver, among many other organ tissues. While printing out an entire human organ for transplant may be happening after 10 years, medical researchers are on their way to making this dream a reality.
Stem cells: Skin cell bioprinting can be a boon for skin cancer patients and burn victims and German Scientists have been developing this using 3D printing since 2010.
Bone and Cartilage: First performed by Hod Lipson, a Cornell Engineer when he tissues bio printed a cartilage. Later bone and other parts of the skeletal system was also bio printed.
Surgical Tools: MIT Researchers Create New Cellulose 3D Printing Process and Print Antimicrobial Surgical Tool. Customized Medical Implants have been created using CT Scans as well. 3D printing enables high-quality, rapid, low-cost production of everything from dental implants to hearing aids, from prescription eyeglasses to headgear that fit better, work better, and offer better protection. 3D printed patient-specific low cost prosthetics produced by MakerBot-style printers, are having a major impact, especially in developing countries. The prosthetics come with the latest technology and are changing the lives of people who in the past had no hope of ever receiving these devices.
3D Printing in Cancer Research: Cancer cells are being bioprinted effectively for drug testing, cancer cell analyzing and therapy.