The patient regained 75% of the skull due to 3D-print




The patient regained 75% of the skull due to 3D-print March 9, 2013


Company Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has developed the first of its kind thermoplastic polymer with high performance, which is suitable for 3D-printing prosthesis for large areas of damaged skull. Material OsteoFab been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is already used by doctors in different countries in situations requiring emergency surgery.

The typical patient is OsteoFab survivor of an accident or received a severe head injury in any way. When a patient in the hospital, doctors stabilized his condition and make the CT scan. Based on the data engineers create 3D-model of the skull to the site of implantation. After approval by the surgeon cranial prosthesis model is sent to the printer. The resulting copy is thoroughly tested, sterilized and transferred to the surgical department for subsequent implantation.


Although the production of implant takes no more than two weeks, the treatment may take several months. The cost of a cranial prosthesis varies 8-15 thousand dollars. But the main advantage OsteoFab – prosthesis is custom-cast, which speeds up the operation and saves the client money. Moreover, the risk of postoperative complications is minimal. Due to its high strength and biocompatibility polyketone OsteoFab also suitable for prosthetic spine.

3D-printing technology will allow patients from the United States to recover 75 percent of the damaged skull. According to OPM, using OsteoFab, only in the U.S. every month you can operate up to 500 people with varying degrees of severity.

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