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UC Davis Health Surgeons Use 3D Printed Medical Model to Reconstruct Eye Socket

UC Davis Health Surgeons Use 3D Printed Medical Model to Reconstruct Eye Socket

Written by David

March 2, 2019

Head and neck surgeon Brad Strong holds a model produced by a 3D printer, which can be seen behind him. 3D printed medical models are improving the way UC Davis Health physicians are able to diagnose, treat, and educate patients, medical students, and themselves about health conditions, some of which may be quite rare and difficult to treat. The 3D printer UC Davis Health doctors are using is the desktop printer Ultimaker 3 Extended. It can produce 3D printed models not only of the skull, but other body parts too. “Facial reconstructive surgery involves intricate anatomy within an extremely narrow operative field in which to maneuver our instruments,” said E. Bradley Strong, a professor of otolaryngology who specializes in facial reconstructive surgery. “Being able to print out a high-resolution 3D model of the injury, allows us to do detailed preoperative planning and preparation that is more efficient and accurate. […]

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