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Surgeons now able to print out life-sized models of patients’ bodies

Written by David

February 11, 2019

Cape Town – Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University have opened their own medical three-dimensional (3D) printing lab, allowing surgeons to print out life-sized models of the anatomy they are going to operate on. Orthopaedic surgeon and anatomy lecturer Dr Rudolph Venter said 3D printing technology had been used in medicine for a long time already, but at such an exorbitant cost that it could only be used in the realm of funded research. Now, instead of paying thousands of rand for an engineering firm to produce a 3D model, doctors from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery are able to print their own – for just a couple hundred rand. “Something that was out of reach for most patients is now done for people walking off the street into Tygerberg Hospital – 3D printers are now very affordable and the software is so easy to use. […]

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