3D printed spine disc success sparks researches to use technology for bone cancer tumors

Written by Alan Condon | July 10, 2019 | Print  |

Researchers from RMIT University's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct in Melbourne, Australia, are using 3D printing for bone replacements after they developed the country's first 3D printed spinal implant, which was successfully used in a 2015 procedure, reports OpenGov Asia.

Four insights:

1. The implant was specifically designed for a patient suffering from a rare spinal defect which prevents one vertebra from forming completely. Commercially available implants would not fit the unique gap in the patient's spine.

2. The 3D printed lattice cage was developed with titanium metal powder. The design, manufacturing and implantation were completed in six weeks.

3. The operation was a success with the patient being able to walk days into rehabilitation.

4. The success led to researchers developing 3D printed bone implants for bone cancer tumors that have been removed.

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