3D Printer heart surgery

The Kosair Children’s Hospital physician turned to the University of Louisville’s engineering school for help and was able to secure the use of a MakerBot 3D printer. With the 2D CT data turned into a 3D model and blown up to twice the normal size, it was far easier for the medical team to see the problems they were dealing with. Roland was born with a hole in his heart, with a deformed aorta and pulmonary artery. Because the heart must be stopped for surgery, the timing is critical — not being able to see an organ until you open the patient up means less time for doctors to find and repair damage.



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