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Low-cost prosthesis gives Brazil cancer survivor a new face

Written by David

January 7, 2020

Denise Vicentin looks in the mirror and bursts into tears. After losing her right eye and part of her jaw to cancer, the Brazilian woman is getting a new face thanks to a digitally-engineered prosthesis.

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“Today I can say how much better I will feel being out in the streets. I have no words,” Vicentin, 53, tells AFP at a clinic in Sao Paulo after being fitted with a prosthesis for a missing chunk of her face.

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Researchers at Paulista University are employing smartphones and 3D printing to create digital facial impressions used to make silicone prostheses. The pioneering method has slashed costs and halved production times. “In the past, it took much longer work, hours of sculpting by hand, and […]

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