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Brain surgeons get practice with 3D printed models

THE novel 3D printing technology has been used in the brain surgeries at some local leading hospitals, experts told a seminar in the city over the weekend.

With a 3D printed brain model, doctors can have a more precise view on the surgery part and work out a better plan. The technology also speeds up the training for young doctors, whose training can be shortened from 20 years to only several months, local experts said.

“Thanks to the 3D printing technology, we can do frequent practices on the patients’ model, while their real condition was only known during surgery previously,” said Dr Liu Weidong, president of Punan Hospital. “The model allows us to do precise diagnosis and do thorough research to work out a plan, which can remove the sick position like tumor and abnormal vessels while protecting the surrounding nerves and vessels.”

Liu said local hospitals are also cooperating with domestic scientists to develop the 3D bio-printing technology. With advanced biological materials, 3D printing will be able to produce more bones, tissues and vessels used on patients directly to replace sick ones.


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