3D printed organs to practice operations

3D printers are proving increasingly important in medicine: they allow organs to be reproduced to train surgeons for more complicated operations

Technological advances in 3D printers could soon change the world. We've already seen 3D machines poised to revolutionize the construction and industrial sectors.

By using 3D printers, scientists have been able to faithfully reproduce human organs that will be used in the training of young surgeons who will be able to practice the various stages of an operation. These organs are identical to the real ones. Even to the touch and not only to the sight, thanks to the latest generation materials used to reproduce them. Before the fake operations, they will be filled with fake blood so that they bleed as in reality and will allow the surgeon to simulate an operation

How they are made

The 3D printed organs were made by a team of researchers at the University of Rochester in New York. To reproduce them to perfection, doctors scanned the organs of real patients. And these images were fed into the 3D printer to be reproduced. During the printing process, special gels are inserted, depending on the organ to be recreated, to reproduce it perfectly. For the moment, the main human organs have been made and will be used to train surgeons in the most complex operations.