3D printing in medicine.
3D printing is a relatively new technology. Therefore, it is not commonly used in many fields, one of them being medicine. It will change in the future, when 3D printing becomes more common. However, we want to tell you about the uses this technology has, as of now.
Firstly, 3D printers can be used as a help for the surgeons. In order to do that, the patient must be first scanned. Then, an exact replica of a patient’s organ is modelled after his scan and 3D printed afterwards. Finally, the doctors analyse how to make an operation on the model.
Secondly, you can create a prosthetic of a limb using the 3D printing technology. This is sometimes used, due to low costs and relatively high durability.
Thirdly, last but not least, you can use special 3D printers to create artificial cells. This technology is relatively new and therefore rarely used. However, it has been already lab approved and lab tested. It will hopefully see more use in the future.
3D printers can also be used to create cheap medical equipment. It has already been used for example in Haiti.
In the future, you will be able to print bones. Currently, this technology is being designed. However, in the future, we will be able to implant bone with bone growth factors and therefore make the bone able to be formed in any desired shape.
Summarizing, 3D printing has a few uses in medicine but it currently is uncommon. In the future this technology will spread and therefore we will see more new inventions. We just have to wait and see, what the future will bring.
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