Custom 3D Printed Kidneys Help Surgeons Remove Tumors

Monday, April 28th, 2014

3d-Printed Kidney with TumorResearchers at Kobe University are now offering surgeons 3D-printed recreations of their patients’ own kidneys, including the tumor and surrounding vasculature, to analyze and practice on:

The team uses pre-op CT scans to create 3D models of the kidneys, which are then transferred to the printer. The kidney is then printed out of two different materials so that the tumor and vasculature stand out from the rest of the organ. This allows the surgeons to initially see the tumor and vessels that will be much harder to spot during actual surgery.

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