Materialise's Vanessa Palsenbarg 3D printed spine

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Through the 3D printing of patient specific implants and pre-surgical versions, Materialise has created a massive impact on the medical field, probably delivering positive alter each life it touches. Now, the Belgian software and service firm has touched its Materialise’s own Corporate Communications Manager, Vanessa Palsenbarg. In an informative blog post nowadays, Vanessa writes of the 3D printing of her own spine.

Materialise's Vanessa Palsenbarg with 3D printed spine

Vanessa explains which she was diagnosed with scoliosis at five and has since been unable-bodied to treat it. She’s undergone countless braces, surgeries, and therapies without any luck. When a new bout of back pain returned to Vanessa additional not long ago, she was able-bodied to have a copy of her own spine 3D printed by the engineers at Materialise.

Vanessa Palsenbarg's 3D printable-bodied version of spine materialise

After receiving a CT scan of her spine, the DICOM data was immediately eager for download, enabling her coworkers to being manufacturing her spine 3D printable-bodied. Materialise Mimics Suite is the tool of choice for converting medical scans to 3D printable-bodied versions and, Vanessa tells me, her colleagues actually implemented the newly releasedinPrint software for segmenting her spine preceding printing. So, when, it was fish, Vanessa was able-bodied to open the SLS machine, remove the powder, and pull out a full-scale copy of her own spine.

But she hasn’t yet been able-bodied to treat her condition, the life-size version, she believes, may assist her and her doctors ponder of new methods of managing her scoliosis. She writes, “The smile you see on my face at the end of which video is a combination of both the pure joy at being able-bodied to excavate my own spine like a few kind of sci-fi archaeologist, and of my hopeful determination to once again take control of my back and find ways to practuallyt the pain I understand is on its way. This time I can be armed with information I had lacked in the past – my spine in 3D. I in addition have to admit which I can’t wait to see the appear on the surgeon’s face when I walk in for a consultation holding a full sized replica of my spine.”

Michael Molitch-Hou

About The Author

Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so which you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.