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Breakthrough surgery saves infant with brain growing outside his skull
 

Breakthrough surgery saves infant with brain growing outside his skull

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Baby Bentley came into this world with a significant chunk of his brain growing outside his skull, in a bulbous mass at the top of his head.
 
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3 Aug 2016 - General
 
The use of 3D printing and 3D printed organs/structures are increasingly becoming popular in medicine. 3D printing was not a word that was familiar to us a couple of years ago. But with the recent advancement of the technology and the production of highly sophisticated 3D printers, using 3D printing for treatment of patients has been made possible. We operate on more than a dozen neonates at my unit per week and I'm so much looking forward to seeing and contributing to a surgery of this sort...
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It is great that the latest technology of 3-D printers has play a important role in surgical simulation, allowing the surgeon to create a replica of the baby skull, to visualise through a precise replica, and be well prepared for the real operation to re-construct his brain. The surgical time spent was cut short due to this advanced technology as well. The baby was affected by a uncommon congenital condition called encephalocele, with the brain was outside the skull, and usually the chance of su...
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I haven't observed a 3D printer at work in the medical field personally but the reports about its advancements and the potential to revolutionise the medical world. Earlier this year, there was an article about 3D printers being used to print live cells: http://www.sciencealert.com/new-3d-printer-produces-first-ever-life-sized-ear-muscle-and-bone-tissues-from-living-cells. Just imagine the possibility of live implantation (e.g. printing functional organs for those in need of organ transplant...
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Sadly, encephalocoeles are still common in the Philippines. I agree that 3D printing is an attractive option for reconstructive surgery, but my vision for this extends to bioprinting of invidualized ventriculoperitoneal shunts, Ommaya reservoirs and the like. Personally I do not have experience in 3D printing yet, but I have been doing 3D reconstruction of CT and MRI DICOM files to help me study my patient's anatomy. This helps a lot because it makes surgeries more precise. Sure, we still us...
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Like Leothel Elysse Mayores and Jennifer Winter, medical stories like this makes me go wow! It is so amazing how technology evolves. 3D printing is definitely a good investment for hospital who specialises in such procedures as this reduce the length of procedure and gives accurate guidance to the neurosurgeons. I have not seen an...
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Leothel Elysse Mayores : In regards to prosthetics I watched a video of a high school student 3d printing a hand for his younger brother who wasn't born with a left one. There are prosthetics though that are manufactured to look exactly like your leg. I like the idea though of being able to capture the actual appearance of the leg to be amputated and to later make a prosthetic one through 3d printing. By the ...
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Wow! Stories like this makes me consider surgery more. It would be exciting to be able to see he structures you need to operate on before even the surgery. This is the first time I heard that 3D printing is used in our field, but it would be exciting to see. This is entirely off topic, but I wonder, would it be possible to someday 3D print prosthetics based on real body parts that are about to be amputated? That would make it much more customized and easier for the patient to use. Like Jennife...
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3d printers used to create plastic models of the infant's skull. Again I am still immensely in awe of this technology. I attended a 3d printer seminar at a library once. It was not for medical purposes but I was curious on how the whole 3d printing ordeal works. So just like trying to create graphics on the computer you input the the dimensions of the model you are trying to create into a specific software. I watched a 3d printer at work in making a keychain and that process took quite a whi...
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