Bone Cement: 3d printed for cranioplasty surgery

09 Feb

Bone Cement: 3d printed for cranioplasty surgery

3d printing technology has been widely used in the medical field, but still its not used by humans as it will take some years to actually fit into humans. Scientists from the university of Sydney has developed a 3d printing application is being tested in humans right now, which is a good sign that 3d printing can be used humans which will be a life saver for many people around the globe.

Cranioplasty is the surgical repair of a bone defect in the skull that’s left behind after a previous operation or injury. Cranioplasty surgery was expensive and take many days to make a titanium, but now doctor Phlip Boughton from university of Sydney has developed 3d printing application named “Bone cement” which could possibly save money for patients as well as time for doctors.

bone cement

But this bone cement 3d application can only be used in serious injuries and for very small bone can be rescued. As usually to print the bone they need a CT scan of patients from where they can bring it out from 3d printer. The cost of a single one bone cement conceded just around $300 comparing to make a titanium which will cost more than $1000. Student of dr boughton said that they utilized this 3D image to focus precisely the shape and size of the missing section of bone, thus we've treated patients with wounds from sizes of around a twenty percent piece to lost around 40 percent of the skull.

Boughton explained, "We're helping to address what can often be an emergency situation as close to the day when the patient comes in as possible. Implants are going to be, starting to be patient specific. Rather than fitting the patients to the implant, we're basically taking the patient's scans and customizing the implant able to the patient."

Now the team is working on bio-printable method to replace the cement kind of filament. Although the initial stage looks promising we just have to wait for some more months and then see how actually it works with medical practice..

Image Credit:Sydney University

Chris Joel (Author)

Bone Cement: 3d printed for cranioplasty surgery
Chris Joel is a writer at 3D Printers Online Store. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in English Literature. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularization.