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3D-Printed Bones are Helping Doctors Prepare for Surgeries

Written by Paul

October 25, 2018

A 3D-printed spine was created from a clinical CT scan of a patient with a spinal deformity. Being able to see, hold and rotate a precise replica of their patient’s bones gives surgeons a new angle on their cases. Orthopaedic surgeons can now get their hands on the bones of patients before they reach the operating table – with the help of 3D printing. Using scans of actual patient anatomy, the surgeons are able to print model bones on which to plan and practice their procedures. Being able to see, hold and rotate a precise replica of their patient’s bones gives surgeons a new angle on their cases, providing information that might be invisible on a flat scan. Shane Burch (right), MD, a spinal surgeon in the Deptartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Musa Zaid, MD, a research resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, discuss a use of a 3-D printed spine […]

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