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3D Printing: A Game-changer in Healthcare
Medical 3D printing otherwise known as bioprinting is going to transform healthcare, whether it is patient-specific surgical models, custom made prosthetics, personalized on-demand medicine, or even 3D printed human tissue. Here are top areas in which 3D printing is set to change medicine.
Bioprinting Tissues and Organoids: Bioprinters use a computer-guided pipette to layer living cells, referred to as bio-link, on top of one another to create artificial living tissue in a laboratory rather than printing using plastic or metal. These tissue constructs are called organoids which can be used for medical research as they mimic organs on a miniature scale. They are also trialed as cheaper alternatives for the human organ transplant.
Specialized Medicine: With 3D printing, scientists are able to create a 3D printed precision pill which can house a variety of medication all in one capsule. Also known as polypill it has been used with great success in diabetes patients and those who in need of cardiovascular treatment after a cardiac arrest or stroke.
Rehearsals for Surgery: Surgeons can use 3D printed organ models to rehearse surgical procedures which can provide less trauma for patients. Cost savings associated with this is also considerable.
3D Printed Skin: Experts have developed specialized 3D printed skin that can be produced at about hundred square centimeters per half hour, which will be a viable option for burn victims when it comes to regrowing skin lost to serious burns.
Custom-made prosthetics: 3D printing can be used to produce prosthetic limbs that are customized to suit and fit for the wearer. This can prevent amputees waiting for long days to receive prosthetics through the traditional method. 3D printing significantly increases the speed of the process and create much cheaper products that offer the same functionality as traditionally manufactured prosthetics for the patients. 3D printing also allows the patient to design a prosthetic that corresponds to their needs.
These advancements in the healthcare industry are potential of providing quality care and saving lives. In future 3D printing will become embedded in everyday lives.