August 31, 2014
Medicine and specifically the dental sector will see a spectacular growth in the 3D printing business of parts and prostheses, going from the current 141 million dollars to almost 900 million in the year 2025 in the United States of America alone. One of the latest examples of the versatility of this technology comes to us from China, where the Beijing University Hospital has successfully agreed to replace a cancerous vertebra from the flight of a 12-year-old boy.
The patient suffered a painful stiff neck the morning after heading a ball during a soccer game. A month later his entire body began to be immobilized, leading doctors to perform a biopsy after which they diagnosed the presence of a malignant tumor in the second vertebra of the neck.
In an operation lasting more than five hours, his vertebra has been replaced by another obtained through 3D printing, keeping the nerves, arteries and the spine intact, separating them from the tissue affected by cancer and fixing the new vertebra between the first and the third by means of titanium screws.
via 3D-printed vertebra for a 12-year-old boy with cancer – The Inquirer ES.
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