New 3D Technology at U of M Can Provide Detailed Organ Replicas

December 06, 2017 07:46 PM

A new technology is being utilized at the University of Minnesota.

It's a life-like 3D printer that prints organs almost replicated from patients. They look and feel like actual organs too.

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The models are made after a patient undergoes an MRI. Information is then fed into the printer.

It also has electronic sensing capabilities to provide feedback to surgeons.

In the future, the machine could be used to replace real organs with synthetic ones - possibly providing the patient an even better organ than before.

Right now, though, they're being used by surgeons to practice on to reduce surgical error.

Researchers have been working on developing this technology for a year-and-a-half. Michael McAlpine, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the school, said the research has been a multi-disciplinary project.

He also said researchers have worked with nearby hospitals, surgeons and patients. 

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