Science and technology are improvising day by day to help humankind in every aspect. Now the medical science came up with a revolutionary study that can change the perspective of a doctor as well as the patient. The Recent research issued today in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. The investigators are submitting a patent on this technology. These patient-specific organ prototypes, which include incorporated soft sensors, can be used for practice operations to enhance surgical results in thousands of patients universally.
There is plenty of data to show that 3D printed anatomical prototypes significantly raise the outcomes of medical methods. Imagine when surgeons can pre-plan and study an operation on a perfect 3D printed copy of a patient’s organ, operations will lead to taking less time, as does the healing. But there are still restrictions on the 3D printed organs being practised today. They may look exactly like patients’ organs, as they were created from CT and MRI scan data, but they are only replicas in the obvious sense. They are typically made of hard plastic so that they will have an entirely different feel than a live organ, plus they are tough to cut into, making surgical preparation more of a visible effort. They won’t feel the way an original organ will respond during surgery.
The question is that maybe these 3D organs are not beneficial but can be valuable according to medical practices. They certainly can, says a team of experts managed by the University of Minnesota. The researchers have 3D printed organ models that not only feel like actual organs, they resemble like them and have the identical mechanical features. They even have soft sensors that provide feedback to let surgeons know how much strength they can apply without tissue damage.
The team was contacted initially by Dr Robert Sweet, a urologist previously from the University of Minnesota now serving at the University of Washington. He was studying for better 3D models for the prostate. The investigators took MRI scans and tissue specimens from the prostates of three patients; then they produced customised silicone-based 3D printing inks. That can be harmonised to precisely match the mechanical properties of each patient’s prostate – so they’re not just 3D printing a pattern that feels like a prostate, they are 3D printing a model that feels like a particular patient’s prostate.
The models were 3D printed in the university’s custom-built 3D printer; then soft 3D printed sensors were connected.
The scientists hope to proceed further by 3D printing models of more complex organs, using multiple inks. Surgeons could use these to practice removing a tumour and test different methods to see which is the most favourable before operating on the patient. McAlpine has intentions that go beyond even that; he is one of the authors of the paper.