Medical Marvels: 3D-Printed Ribcage Heals a Spanish Cancer Patient
- Medical experimentation
- Australian lab creates a 3D ribcage
- Successful surgery for a cancer patient
- A 54-year-old Spanish man suffering from chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancer) has received a 3D printed titanium sternum and ribcage
- The successful 3D technology was developed by the Anatomic team at an Australian company using $1.3 million Arcam printer
Science and technology have always worked hand-in-hand. Reinforcing its essence, an Australian company created a customized 3D-printed titanium rib cage and sternum for a patient suffering from cancer. While implants have been successful in the past, removing the sternum and a portion of a rib cage would have been complicated for a person with chest cavity. Hence, the team of Spanish doctors approached an Australian lab to create a special implant replicating the intricate structures of the sternum and rib cage. While the operation was successful, this new form of medical technology is creating waves of joy for thousands of people suffering from the dreaded illness!