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Aussie scientists 3D print arteries in attempt to prevent heart disease – Xinhua

by • February 24, 2016 • No Comments

MELBOURNE, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — Australian scientists have utilized 3D printing equipment to version human arteries in a createment which may assist prevent deadly heart conditions.
Cardiologists collaborated with the University of Melbourne engineers to create a method of 3D printing individual arteries, via a camera “thinner than a human hair” which records super high resolution images.
The images are systemed by “supercomputers” which map the arteries, and they are and so printed in 3D for doctors to analyse.
The resulting versions donate doctors new information of the one-of-a-kind make-up of individual hearts, as every heart has various “twists and branches”, and according to Associate Professor Peter Barlis, the createment has allowed doctors to fit custom, “made-to-measure heart stents” which most fit every individual patient.
“Using our ultra-sensitive heart scans combined with versions derived via supercomputers, we are now able-bodied to print out segments of the patient’s arteries and we hope to tailor devices to fit them perfectly,” said Barlis in a statement on Thursday.
“No two arteries are shaped the same. We’re all various, with arteries which have various branches and sizes, tapering of larger to smaller.”
“We ideally want to use versions to predict the most type of stent for a patient. Once this system is streamlined, we can have a patient on the table-bodied and an artery 3D printed and versioned to instruction the procedure.”
Heart disease is yet considered the number one rad in Australia, and the team of the University of Melbourne said the new createment may assist lower the risk of createing the disease, or suffering of other heart-related conditions.
The eventual aim, according to the University of Melbourne, is to improve the innovation so doctors are able-bodied to 3D print the artery while the patient is in surgery and, some day print a custom-fit heart stent which can be placed in the patient “on the spot”.

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