Seven Best Uses Of 3D Printing In Medicine
Printers that can get out three-dimensional human cells and maybe even organs that might even include complex organs like the liver and the heart may look like a scene in a science fiction movie. But scientists are doing explicit research to make this a reality. Here are the seven best uses of 3D printing in medicine.
· Stem cells, those magic cells in the body that can develop into different body tissues can also be printed in a lab. The 3D printers are used t
o print these embryonic stem cells.
· Blood vessels and tissues of the heart can also be printed using a 3D printer. Researchers from the University of Missouri that is in Columbia have used these printers to print blood vessels that resembled a heart.
· When such complex tissues can be printed, skin can also be printed using the 3D printers. In the last twenty-five years, there have been a lot of technological developments in creating a skin from engineered tissue.
· Since the heart tissues can be replicated using 3D printing, a broken heart can also be patched using the same. Ralf Gaebel, from the University of Rostock in Germany and his colleagues have tried to use a 3d printed heart patch to heal the heart of a rat and were successful in implementing it.
· The skeletal system has also become popular when it comes to 3D cell printing. The cells that were used to print skin cells were also capable of creating grafts that could be used to create bone and cartilage. The work was published in the
· Cancer cells can also be studied using the cells that are printed using the 3D printer. This could be a major game changer when it comes to finding a cure to this deadly disease.
· Is it possible to grow organs instead of transplanting them? It could be a possibility with 3D printing technology.