A new study recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia aims to inform medical professionals about the vast potential of use of 3D printing in the medical industry in the near future. The study elaborates the ways and areas in in the field of medicine in which the 3D technology is most likely to bring a major transformation.
The study states that from custom-made prosthetics to specialized surgical models to on-demand medicines to even 3D printed human tissues, the 3D printing technology will prove to be revolutionary. 3D printing has already started to witness vast applications in the field of surgery, with surgeons using plastic, 3D printed patient models to practice surgeries. Patient’s aortas are also being 3D printed to experiment about heart stents of the correct size and bends that could fit a patient accurately. Ultrasounds, CT scans, and x-rays of real life patients are used to model these and other varieties of patient-specific 3D printed medicinal devices.
The top five areas that the researchers think that will be impacted the most by the advent and increased usage of 3D printing are bioprinting, the field that could help humans develop organoids from cell cultures, customized medicine, rehearsal of surgeries, custom prosthetics, and customized production of medical devices and medicines.
The paper has been coauthored by Jason Chuen, the Director of Vascular Surgery at Austin Health and Jasamine Coles-Black, Clinical researcher, Austin Hospital, Melbourne. The researchers state that with the vast variety of materials and advanced 3D printing technology available, we are moving towards a time when if a thing can be imagined, it could be printed as well.