3D-Printed skull


Now a days everything is being faked or duplicated. But no one would have thought it would result in duplicating even the brain. Nevertheless it is for an life saving purpose. A 22 year old dutch women is getting her skull transplanted cause of some odd condition of her brain. the thickness of her brain is increasing. So the pressure inside her brain is also increasing.

at the time of surgery, her bone was 5 cm. That is three times larger than a normal skull. The team of doctors at Utrecht University’s UMC made a perfect copy of her skull using a 3D printer and fitted it to her head in a 23-hour-long surgery.  The entire procedure took three months and is the first of its kind, according to the hospital.

“Implants used to be made by hand in the operating theatre using a sort of cement which was far from ideal,” explained Ben Verweij, who led the operation. “Using 3D printing we can make one to the exact size. This not only has great cosmetic advantages, but patients’ brain function often recovers better than using the old method.”

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