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A trauma center in the Netherlands is using 3D printing technologies to improve the treatment of trauma patients, especially those who are admitted with bone fractures. The technology is being explored at the Elisabeth-TweeSteden Ziekenhuis (ETZ) trauma center by a team of trauma surgeons and researchers.
At the ETZ, one of 11 trauma centers in the Netherlands, PhD candidate Lars Brouwers is testing the effectiveness of 3D printing for trauma treatment. He has been tasked with the job of transforming medical scans of bone fractures into patient-specific 3D printed models. The 3D printed bones are then being used as pre-surgical aids for doctors and as explanatory models for patients.
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Brouwers, along with ETZ trauma surgeons Mike Bemelman, MD and Koen Lansink, MD, believe that physical 3D printed models can offer surgeons a better and clearer understanding of a patient’s injury than 3D models visualized on a 2D screen.
Typically, the trauma center’s surgeons prepare for an operation by studying and analyzing a CT scan of the patient’s bone or a digital 3D rendering of the CT scan. And while this method is a cut above even more traditional methods (like going straight into the operating theater), making sense of a 3D image on a two-dimensional plane has the risk of creating confusion in terms of depth and orientation.
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That’s why 3D printing, which can offer a tangible recreation of the patient’s bone, could be of use.
Brouwers has been turning CT scans of...
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