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How to convert a medical scan

As you may know our team here at 3D Filaprint are always researching and learning so that we can pass that knowledge on to the 3D Printing community.

This month we have found an extremely fascinating item on how to convert a medical scan into a 3D Printed Model.

Using data in a DICOM format we learnt how to turn data from a CT or MRI scan into a 3D printable model. The information from Instructables uses a dinosour skull for this informative presentation.

Using a software package called Osirix, which is designed for medical imaging, you can convert the format and create your own 3D Model of your scans. Download and install the free version from here. It is available for Mac only, if you are using a PC check out a similar package called Invesalius, developed by the Brazilian government and made available for free.

We’ll also be using Meshlab and Netfabb Studio Basic. You can download the software using the links. It’s all free.

Why don’t you give it a try and post your prints on our Facebook Page.

Limb Saving 3D Bones

Thanks to ABC Down Under we can bring you this most amazing story of  limb saving surgery.

The first person to have a 3D-printed tibia transplanted into his leg says he cannot wait to put it to good use by walking his fiancee down the aisle.

According to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Reuben Lichter had become the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed tibia or shinbone transplanted into his leg.

It has taken five operations over the past six months — the final one lasting 14 hours.

The 27-year-old developed spontaneous onset of tibial osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, which resulted in the majority of his tibia – 36cm – being destroyed.

Normally, the only option is an above-knee amputation.

“Doctors came up to me and said there are two options — you can get amputated above the knee or we can try this experimental stuff that may or may not work,” Mr Lichter said.

“I was like, ‘bang, let’s do it’.”

Mr Lichter said his dream now is to walk his fiancee Caity down the aisle.

But he will have to wait a while. Doctors say it will be at least 18 months before he can walk again.

Mr Lichter said his young son William would be walking before he does, but he is set to take his recovery one step at a time.

The 3D-printed model was manufactured in Singapore.

It is wrapped in biological tissue which then engineers the new bone.

A human tibia bone lies to the left of a 3D printed tibia bone.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said it was like scaffolding that supported the biological tissue.

“That then grows effectively a new bone in your leg and this is the first time this has been done,” Mr Dick said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, there’s a lot of recovery to go through but [Reuben] is very positive, he’s very happy the pain has disappeared and the infection has now gone and he’s living very positively with the future.”

This is such an amazing story and one that we hope can be replicated around the world as 3D Technology begins to evolve further into the world of medical science.

We wish Reuben all the very best for a good recovery.

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