In the rapidly transforming world of medical technology, the best material available until now for 3-D-printed bone implants was titanium, or in certain cases polyetheretherketone or polyetherketoneketone. Other solutions have involved cutting bone from the patient and repositioning it where required. But for external implants, only alloplastic or non-biological materials (metal, ceramics or plastics) have been successfully tried and tested.
Though it will likely take a few years before we’ll see 3D bioprinted organ implants being used in hospitals, 3D printed titanium orthopedic devices are already a reality. Thanks to the titanium’s excellent mechanical attributes […]
Fourteen years ago, 27-year-old volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison responded with his colleagues to a call for the Senatobia Fire Department in northwest Mississippi. Inside a burning mobile home on September 5, 2001, searching for one […]
It was a bit traumatic when Dr. Mike North broke his fibula. North, a TV host for Outrageous Acts of Science with a taxing travel schedule, was less than pleased with the idea of facing […]