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Using Additive Manufacturing to Address Critical Segmental Bone Loss

Using Additive Manufacturing to Address Critical Segmental Bone Loss

Introduction: Many fractures and other bone injuries can be successfully treated in such a way that the bone fully heals.  However, some injuries such as motorcycle accidents or pedestrian injuries or chronic issues such as infected bone can result in bone loss that generates a “segmental” gap in the shaft of the bone.  The human …

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Cardiac 3D Printing: The Heart of the Matter

Cardiac 3D Printing: The Heart of the Matter

Over the past decade, there has been an exponential increase in the utilization of 3D printing technologies for cardiovascular applications.  3D printing is being utilized in many cardiovascular centers of excellence for surgical planning and simulation, trainee education and patient counseling.  Surgical planning and pre-procedural simulation To attain the best surgical outcomes, cardiac surgeons need …

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Bone Quality and Orthopaedic Surgery

Bone Quality and Orthopaedic Surgery

Introduction: Osteoporosis and osteopenia, characterized by impaired bone structure, mass, and strength, have become increasingly common as our population ages. While osteoporosis has many socioeconomic implications, it also carries significant medical consequences. These can include delayed fracture healing and poor outcomes following surgeries as they rely on successful implant osseointegration such as spinal fusion and …

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FDA Recommendations for Device Testing Considerations in Additive Manufacturing

FDA Recommendations for Device Testing Considerations in Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing of medical devices and implants has been seeing increased industry adoption and is expected to become common place in modern medicine within the next decade. Numerous applications for 3D printing in medicine already exist and patients have already begun receiving the benefits of additive manufacturing post-surgery. Similar to any implant or medical device, …

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