Science has opened new windows for all of us and now the scientists have come up with new technology – 3-D printed lifelike artificial organs.
These 3-D printed organs not only look like real organs but also have the properties of real organs. These models have made improvement in the medical field as the surgeons can now plan as well as can perform a surgery on an anatomical 3-D replica of organs. The surgeries will now take lesser time but these organs have some drawbacks as they are made from hard plastic so they are unable to react the same way as the actual organ will react during surgery.
An associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the US, Michael McAlpine said, “We are developing next-generation organ models for preoperative practice. The organ models of 3D printing are almost a perfect replica in terms of the look and feel of an individual’s organ, using our custom-built 3D printers.”
In the Journal Advanced Materials Technologies, McAlpine published that “We think these organ models could be ‘game-changers’ for helping surgeons better plan and practice for surgery. We hope this will save lives by reducing medical errors during surgery.”
There are slight differences in the way that these 3-D printed organs look and react to their biological activities as they do not provide quantitative feedback.
The researchers tested the tissue samples from three prostates of patients and have developed silicone-based inks that can be used to precisely match the patient’s prostate tissue’s mechanical properties which can be used in the 3-D printer.
A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, Kaiyan Qiu said that the sensors could give surgeons feedback in real-time about how much they can use during the surgery without the tissue damage.
McAlpine told that this is the Human X project where one can start to integrate electronics into the body. One start replacing biology with bionic systems, bionic organs, gives humans’ augmented capabilities.