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DC906 - Bioprinting and 3D Printing in Medicine

Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as “3D printing” (3DP), is a technology that have impacted in medicine specifically in the surgical field. 3DP has turned a potential solution to current problems such as patient specific implants or more personalised surgeries.

According to the Wall Street Journal the Global revenue in healthcare 3DP have increased from 0.5 billion in 2015 to 1 billion in 2018. The point of care manufacturers uses anatomical models for 82% in Surgical Planning, 70% Clinical training, 66% Patient education, 59% Surgical rehearsal, 52% Testing / Verification, 5% Forensics.

However, recent problems are related with the segmentation process which in few words is to translate CT scans (Computed tomography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) into a ready to print file. The main explanation of this is the lack of experts who can integrate medical concepts of radiology with the AM technology and design software.

In the other hand, Bioprinting have allowed the integration of cellular biology, novel biomaterials and 3D printing technology to integrate and open a new field in Biofabrication and Regenerative Medicine. Bioprinting work together with tissue engineering and aim to produce organs and tissues that can replace damaged ones.

These technologies improve the confidence to surgeons by practice in anatomical models (life size patient) allowing the haptic perception, which cannot be possible in 2D or 3D images where the surgeon lose perception of the body. This technology provides to the surgeon data previously the real surgery taking it from non-surgical or partial information to a complete certainty of what he will face during the real surgery with 3D printing. This apply for specialities such as oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, urologic, and renal sparring nephrectomies.

This event is organised by PhD Student Esteban Ortega Hernandez.


Provided by: Doctoral College


Date: Thursday 21 February 2019

Venue: Garrod Building 3.06, W, Garrod Building, WhiteChapel

Time: 12:30 - 16:00


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