CADskills is a medical device startup based in Ghent, Belgium. Their expertise lies in patient-specific implants, with a focus on CMF and neurosurgery patients. What is putting them in Materialise's spotlight however, is their AMSJI: a revolutionary 3D-printed titanium jaw implant that will make life better for extreme maxillary atrophy sufferers. Now there's something to chew on. Or with.
Thanks to Medical 3D Printing, surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States have treated a young baby with an encephalocele: a rare disorder where part of the fetus’s brain starts growing outside its head in the womb.
Newcastle United football fan Tommy Innes has recently undergone reconstructive cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) surgery to remove a tumor from his lower jaw.
The 10-hour long procedure took place at The Newcastle Royal Victory Infirmary (RVI), where Tommy works as an NHS electrician. Materialise worked with the surgical team involved in the complex CMF procedure, which involved replacing part of Tommy’s lower jaw with bone taken from his fibula.
3D Printing is becoming progressively more accessible and is gaining momentum in several fields of medicine. From preoperative planning to developing innovative tools that enhance medical procedures, the endless possibilities in creating 3D anatomical models make the technology highly seductive in the quest to help patients.
What did 2016 look like for Materialise Medical? Our blog covered our most interesting projects, stories and updates, which covered everything from 3D-printed implants to saving the lives of newborn babies! We’ve taken a look at the favorite blog posts of our readers and here are the results.
This year, our office in Japan opened a brand-new medical 3D printing facility in order to provide our customers in Japan with localized service for patient-specific surgical guides and anatomical models for orthopaedic and cranio-maxillofacial surgeries. But what does it take to set up a new production facility for highly regulated medical devices? We talked to our colleagues at the Japan office to find out.
At the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Olga Panagiotopoulou has been researching the effects of feeding on the mechanics of the primate jaw. The ultimate goal of her research is to determine the relationship between the form and function of the mandible during mastication, and thereby improve the accuracy of anatomical models and jaw implants.
Making the world a better and healthier place was certainly the goal Materialise had in mind when they decided to donate a grant to the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at Central University of Technology, Free State in South Africa. The grant allowed the CRPM to help some patients with life-changing interventions, and to introduce students to the benefits of using 3D printing in the medical field. One of the patients helped by the CRPM was a young woman of 32. She suffered from an ossifying fibroma tumor in her lower jaw. The surgical team decided it was necessary to immediately resect the tumor and place a custom-made laser-sintered titanium implant in the patient’s mouth.
A new study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic “sharkiness” over millions of years. This new study is based on an extremely well-preserved shark fossil named Ozarcus mapesae and a 3D reconstruction of it. The research was published in the journal Nature.
Temporomandibular joint ankylosis, or the fusion of the jawbone, is most often the result of an injury or infection, and it prevents the patient from opening their mouth properly. It can only be treated with surgery, but due to the complex nature of the operation which presents a lot of risks for the patient, surgeons are often too careful to really perform an effective surgery. This means that the problem isn’t solved properly and is in danger of recurring.