A Spanish cancer patient has had their sternum and rib cage replaced with a 3D-printed titanium model.
Via the CSIRO blog, CSIRO blog, the 54-year-old patient was suffering from a chest wall sarcoma, which is a type of cancerous tumor that can grow around bone. Due to the complexity that comes with recreating a prosthetic capable of acting as a sternum and rib cage, the doctors involved decided to enlist the help of Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics – the people responsible for the creation of the titanium chest.
Understandably so, a run-of-the-mill 3D printer wouldn’t cut it. That’s why the team instead utilised a $1.3 million Arcam printer to build the implant layer-by-layer with its electron beam. Once completed, the implant was then flown from Australia to Spain and fitted successfully into the patient’s chest.
After 12 days recovering, the patient has since been discharged.
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