3D printed sternum

"The 'chest' story you'll hear all week."

Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancerous tumour that grows, in this instance, around the rib cage), the 54 year old man needed his sternum and a portion of his rib cage replaced. This part of the chest is notoriously tricky to recreate with prosthetics, due to the complex geometry and design required for each patient. [...]

Thoracic surgeons typically use flat and plate implants for the chest. However, these can come loose over time and increase the risk of complications. The patient's surgical team at the Salamanca University Hospital thought a fully customised 3D printed implant could replicate the intricate structures of the sternum and ribs, providing a safer option for the patient.

Using high resolution CT data, the Anatomics team was able to create a 3D reconstruction of the chest wall and tumour, allowing the surgeons to plan and accurately define resection margins.

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4 Responses:

  1. Mark Welch says:

    An easy-open hinge for open heart surgery might be an interesting upgrade.

  2. robert_ says:

    I was waiting for jwz to add "... and people say I'm difficult to shop for."

  3. Should really have put in a socket for an arc reactor.

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