In India, surgeons use 3-D printed skull for practice

After collecting CT scans of a three-year-old girl suffering with craniosynostosis, plastic surgeons in India were able to convert the images into a physical replica using a 3-D printer. The realistic, life-size model was then used in practice runs of the surgery. Surgeons were able to physically see and feel the changes they were going to make to the child's deformed and fused skull. This presurgical breakthrough increased surgery effectiveness and safety by allowing surgeons time to properly visualize the procedure before beginning on the patient. More

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