Cyborg Medicine: Patient Receives First 3D-Printed Titanium Sternum And Rib Cage
A Spanish cancer patient has received a 3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage designed and manufactured right here in Australia.
Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancerous tumour that grows, in this instance, around the rib cage), the 54 year old man needed his sternum and a portion of his rib cage replaced. This part of the chest is notoriously tricky to recreate with prosthetics, due to the complex geometry and design required for each patient. So the patient’s surgical team determined that a fully customisable 3D printed sternum and rib cage was the best option.
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