We are constantly hearing about the wonders of 3D printing. A lot of it involves very difficult tissue engineering.. which is great, but there are other uses for it too!
Surgeons at Kosair Children’s Hospital (Louisville Kentucky) used the 3D printer to create a 3D rendering of a child’s heart. Instead of trying to figure out a defect in a heart using the traditional CT scanner, this allows for a better understanding of the nature of the defect and also gives the surgeon an opportunity to create a better plan for the surgery.
The best part of this is that it only cost ~$600 (excluding the price of the printer)! Can anyone buy me a printer?!?