Recently, researchers at the University of Western Ontario announced the development of an implantable device for checking a patient’s heart condition. Such a device manufactured by 3D printing technology.
It is known that the creator KyleG.Fricke completed the device is under the guidance of RobertSobot. This system integrates wireless implantable blood pressure sensor, and fully implantable cardiovascular pressure monitor (including stents), its volume is only 2.475 cubic centimeters, the weight just over 4 grams, they can even be placed in the smallest laboratory mice body.
“We use a biocompatible material, such as polycarbonate -ISO and various metals, you can print out 3D sensors.” Fircke said. “The only part cannot be printed is the battery, it can only be connected at the bottom.”
In some other applications, 3D printing has been used to make a number of young children heart disease model. Because of the child’s heart relatively small, so the surgery is extremely sensitive. Therefore, the surgeon needs to fully understand children’s structure and heart defects prior to surgery.
“Holding accurate heart model, the surgeon can more easily determine how to properly perform the surgery.” Children’s Hospital of Illinois pediatric cardiologist Dr. Bramlet said in an interview. “Now our team has printed some heart model, which will increase the understanding of child heart before surgery.”
It is reported that, 3D printing and 3D printing biosensors heart model, obviously is having more impact on the future of cardiac surgery.