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3D Printer Helps Difficult Hip Replacement

(3Ders.org) Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using 3D printers to enable customized joint replacement surgeries. Doctors send 3D file of the patient’s CT scan to a 3D printer which will then print out a 3D model of patient’s hip joint. Based on this 3D model, doctors can make a plan for the surgery procedure first to increase the accuracy during the real procedure. Then they send the 3D model to patients’ joint manufacturer to make a customized implant. The implants used in hip replacement are biocompatible and made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear.

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