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02 October 2017

3-D printing is likely to become increasingly important in medicine

The technology of 3-D printing is likely to become increasingly important in medicine. In the USA, doctors recently created two artificial pieces of skull bone for a patient undergoing surgery following a traumatic brain injury. The patient's own skull could not be used because it was infected. Doctors employed a CT scan to create a digital model and from this, two separate implants were printed out of a plastic known for its biocompatibility, strength and stability, which formed a perfect fit in the patient’s skull.

 
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