According to foreign media reports, the use of 3D printing technology can change people’s lives, before there were many reports about 3D printing prosthetics to help patients return to normal life. Dr. Emil Pracha (Dr.Emile Bacha) New York Presbyterian Hospital doctor about his recent heart using 3D printing revive a two weeks old baby story.
Reported that the infants with congenital heart defects, it would create “a lot of holes” in the interior of the heart. In the past, this type of surgery needs to be stopped heart, open it and observe, and then in a very short time to decide what to do next.
But with 3D printing technology after Pracha doctor before surgery can produce a model of the heart, so that his team could check it, and then decide what should be done in the operation, in the end.
“This baby needs to be 3-4 times the original surgery, and now once is enough,” Bacha said the doctor, “that this had been considered limited life of the baby in the future should be able to live a normal life.”
Pracha said the doctor, he used the MRI data infants and 3D printing technology made this heart model. Total cost of the entire production process thousands of dollars, but he is expected to make the price will reduce in the future.