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April 5th, 2017

3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

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Using advanced 3D models to prepare for complex surgeries helps Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely tailor treatment to individual patients and their unique needs.

The surgical teams assembled to operate on Mayo Clinic's most complex patients lately have begun to consist of more than living, breathing members. The new recruits are usually small enough to hold in your hand, and they don't say a word. But the information conveyed by these 3D anatomical printed models is helping surgeons plan and navigate the trickiest of procedures.

In late 2016, Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark Allen, M.D. was part of a surgical team that used a 3D printed model to help them prepare to remove a rare, intrusive pancoast tumor. The tumor had grown in the chest of a patient, between his ribs and among the vessels just above his lungs.

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Tags: 3D printing, Dr Jane Matsumoto, Dr Basel Sharaf, Dr Jonathan Morris, Dr Mark Allen, Dr Uldis Bite, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology


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