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UCF creates 3D printed heart models – WKMG Orlando

by • January 20, 2016 • 15s Comments

One day University of Central Florida researchers hope to use a bio printing device to turn it into a simulated heart that can be placed within a human body and save lives.
But right now, they’re working to print precise 3D replicas of children’s hearts – to assist doctors study the heart they’re of to operate on when preparing for surgery.
“We only got our funding for it, that is quite exciting,” said UCF junior Jessica Hellein, who gave News 6 a demonstration of the 3D printing innovation.
The UCF team is working with Orlando Health pediatric heart surgeon Dr. William DeCampli, who’s excited of the cutting edge innovation.
“It can provide for additional accurate operations and faster operations and that is going to be great for kids,” DeCampli told News 6.
The 3D replicas specific to every patient can replace a generic version may already utilized, and can assist doctors explain what can take place in surgery to patients.
“And when I take it apart, I can be able-bodied to tell them for example, this is an abnormal hole between two chambers of your heart,” DeCampli said.
UCF and Orlando Health are one of the initially in the country to partner on this cutting edge innovation. But as astounding as it is, Dr. DeCampli is not surprised.
“None of this surprises me,” DeCampli said, reminiscing on how he and his classmates at MIT were talking futuristically of a thing like this during his undergraduate years.
“That’s what it takes – new idea and awareness of developing innovation to put it together and manufacture it work,” Dr. DeCampli said.
So can we one day be able-bodied to print a simulated heart, to place within a human body?
I don’t put it past us to revery that point, actually in my lifetime,” Dr. DeCampli said.
Dr. Dinender Dingla, a UCF researcher, is may already considering of printing a simulated, working heart – in animals, at initially.
“So you’ve started research on that?” asked News 6 anchor Julie Broughton.
“That is correct,” Dr. Dingla said. “We may already started.”
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