The 3D printing technology is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Recently, BBC reported that a 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman’s brain has been used to aid surgeons practice life-saving surgery – and in this case, saving a woman’s life.
The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved using additive processes. This particular 3D printing technology intended for medical use increasingly finds its role to either help doctors evaluate and prepare before administering procedures or crafting prosthetics.
According to the health news advisory, New York state resident Theresa Flint was diagnosed with an aneurysm that, if remained untreated, would have proven fatal. The finding was made after she complained of experiencing “vision problems and recurrent headaches.”
Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Chief medical officer at the Jacobs Institute, Buffalo, New York, said “Such problems need implantation of a metallic basket to strengthen the artery wall. However, this seemed to work as scans of the weak and severely twisted blood vessel revealed such”.
“It was a serious problem from the standpoint that she had an extremely irregular brain aneurysm that would be tricky to treat with micro-surgery,” he added.
“It may not be needed for the majority of routine cases,” he exclaimed, “but here its help was immeasurable.”
Surgeons feel that 3D printing could be enormously used to plan procedures and make models of patients’ anatomy, to help them evaluate and execute successful surgeries.