Harvard Medical School’s (Boston, USA) chief of minimally invasive surgical services, Daniel Jones, says that the 3D jet printer will change how doctors communicate with patients as well as how they plan and perform surgeries. 3D printers in paediatric cardiology will allow surgeons to print a model heart that is four or five times larger than a child’s heart. This means surgeons will be able to study the heart, in detail. These models can also be used to show the child’s parents what needs to be done and also the risks involved. It is hoped that in the future, customised patches for repairing hearts that have been damaged by cardiac problems, can also be made using 3D printers.
The Washington Post