Patient receives 3D printed skull implant

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A woman in The Netherlands, in a pioneering surgery, has received a 3D printed skull implant. Bon Verweij, University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands, who led the operation is quoted as saying: “Implants used to be made by hand in the operating theatre using a sort of cement which was far from ideal. Using 3D printing we can make one to the exact size. This not only has great cosmetic advantages, but patients’ brain function often recovers better than using the old method.”

 

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