Revolutionary 3D printed body parts help cancer patients in Australia


An Australian biotech lab has created 3D-printed body parts to help treat cancer patients.

Created by the Herston Biofabrication Institute in Brisbane, the method involves 3D printing. Slowly, printers build up layers of resin to create any body part for cancer patients.

For this purpose, the institute brought together doctors, engineers and academics. According to chief executive Mathilde Desselle, the goal is to support the “coordination of engineers and researchers with clinicians and consumers on one site,” ABC News reported.

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Using 3D printed organs to help patients

Using information from medical imaging, the team created a 3D model of his anatomy. Eventually, the images are used to 3D print something “that will look like the real thing”. In fact, the 3D printing mechanism helps doctors practice something like drilling a bone.

Tanya Kairn, from the Brisbane Royal and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), called the use of 3D printing “revolutionary”. For starters, these 3D-printed organs are helping doctors see the impact of radiation on different people before they receive cancer treatment.

3D printed organs
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Essentially, the institute used 3D printing to optimize radiotherapy for people with skin cancer. In fact, the use of 3D printing has made a “huge difference” in the pain experienced by skin cancer patients.

Molds from cancerous tissue in a patient can be removed without touching the painful area, which has led to significant changes for people with the disease. Currently, a clinical trial involving 10 patients is underway. The team hopes to expand its use in the coming years.

3D printed organs
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The references

ABC News. (2022, March 14). Brisbane biotech lab creates ‘breakthrough’ 3D printed body parts to treat cancer patients.

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