3D printing offers new angles on surgery

IOL | January 30, 2019

3D printing offers new angles on surgery
Orthopedic surgeons will be able to plan and practice a lot better for procedures, thanks to 3D printing. With the support of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, doctors at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital’s Division of Orthopaedics have created a 3D printing laboratory and are now employing 3D printing techniques to create models of patients anatomy.
Until recently surgeons have been relying on 2D images, like X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans to assess ailments and fractures that affect their patients. Doctors can recreate any anatomical structure by importing a 3D image - obtained from 3D medical scans such as CT or MRI - into a software programme, which then enables them to print a plastic 3D model of the image.

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The manufacturing landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade. To provide a window into this changing landscape we have developed an analysis of the sector, the likes of which does not exist. The Manufacturing Industry Output Tracker study comprises 11 years of historical manufacturing survey data.

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The manufacturing landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade. To provide a window into this changing landscape we have developed an analysis of the sector, the likes of which does not exist. The Manufacturing Industry Output Tracker study comprises 11 years of historical manufacturing survey data.

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