3D Printing Applications in Cardiovascular Medicine

3D Printing Applications in Cardiovascular Medicine addresses the rapidly growing field of additive fabrication within the medical field, in particular, focusing on cardiovascular medicine. To date, 3D printing of hearts and vascular systems has been largely reserved to anatomic reconstruction with no additional functionalities. However, 3D printing allows for functional, physiologic and bio-engineering of products to enhance diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This book contains the state-of-the-art technologies and studies that demonstrate the utility of 3D printing for these purposes.

  • Addresses the novel technology and cardiac and vascular application of 3D printing
  • Features case studies and tips for applying 3D technology into clinical practice
  • Includes an accompanying website that provides 3D examples from cardiovascular clinicians, imagers, computer science and engineering experts

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3D Printing in Medicine

3D Printing in Medicine examines the emerging market of 3D-printed biomaterials and its clinical applications. With a particular focus on both commercial and premarket tools, the book looks at their applications within medicine and the future outlook for the field.

The book begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of 3D printing, including topics such as materials, and hardware. Chapters go on to cover applications within medicine such as computational analysis of 3D printed constructs, personalized 3D printing and 3D cell and organ printing. The concluding chapters in the book review the applications of 3D printing in diagnostics, drug development, 3D-printed disease models and 3D printers for surgical practice.

With a strong focus on the translation of 3D printing technology to a clinical setting, this book is a valuable resource for scientists and engineers working in biomaterial, biomedical, and nanotechnology based industries and academia.

  • Provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the medical applications of 3D printing biomaterials and technologies
  • Focuses on the emerging market of 3D printed biomaterials in clinical applications
  • Reviews both commercial and under development materials, tools, their applications, and future evolution

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Professor discusses future of 3D printed medicine

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KBTX) — A Sam Houston State University professor says the possibilities when it comes to 3D printing are growing each day. The technology’s future now includes food and even medications.

Dr. Pamela Zelbst, a professor and director of Sam Houston State’s Center for Innovation and Technology in Texas, says the wonders of 3D printing are at an all-time high.

“What is really cool about the technology is that if you have something that you can get in a powder form or liquid form, then you can print in it,” said Zelbst.

Now, that also includes food and medication.

“They are designing it specifically for the patient,” said Zelbst, “So rather than having something that is pretty generic for patients to take, you can actually have the medication printed to fit your needs.”

Zelbst says the technology is still in its infancy, but one of the concerns is how it will be regulated in the future.

“It’s like any other technology in that our laws really lag behind,” said Zelbst, “So it’s going to be a while before they catch up, and as a result of that, were going to see some things that we don’t really want to see.”

Despite fears of illegal uses, Dr. Zelbst says the impact of 3D printing has the potential to positively reach just about all industries. Right now, the cost of the technology would be a big factor.

“We all know when something is new, it costs a lot more than it does later on,” said Zelbst. “As it becomes more mainstream, I would anticipate the cost would go down.”

There are some negatives. Zelbst points out that 3D printing makes it easy to reproduce someone else’s products, and that hinges on violating intellectual property laws. At Sam Houston State, she says students are taught to use a code of ethics.