A hospital in China’s Hunan Province became the first in the country to use incredible 3D printing technology in a vascular operation last month.
It was used to increase the precision of the surgery in an operation to remove an aneurysm from a patient’s abdomen. According to Xinhua news, Huang Jianhua, the director of surgery, said the operation was extremely high risk as the the tumour had tripled in size from 2cm to 6cm in diameter. The model was constructed by a 3D printing company and showed a 3D print of the CT scan of the patient’s tumor and its surrounding blood vessels. This made it easier for surgeons to set up “intravascular tubes” and remove the tumor.
The first ever 3D printing station only landed in China in January, and is only in the early stages in the medical field. The method is much more developed in areas of manufacturing and construction but the technology has incredible promise for the medical profession for the future and even hopes to be able to produce 3D printed organs one day.
By Sophie Regan