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Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is using innovative 3D printing to reduce unnecessary surgeries for complex trauma patients.
The 3D approach is changing the way surgeons look at complex Orthopaedic surgery.
Surgical planning involves extensive analysis of each fracture to minimise potential complications and additional surgery, and thus decrease recovery time for our patients.
Using 3D models helps our doctors to visualise complex fractures and where to place screws and plates to hold bone in position while it heals.
Sophisticated imaging technology coupled with the 3D model adds a layer of preparation which could change the outcome for individual patients.
The goal is to get every patient back to their pre-injury function as much as possible after a significant injury.
PAH is working with information technology for more extensive purposes such as 3D printing of crowns, bridges and surgical guides in oral surgery, custom printed prosthetics for amputees, and surgical guides for clinician training.