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Your Health/Maryland Public TV: 3D Printing in Medicine

Monday, March 11, 2019

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm

As the 3D printing industry continues to evolve and grow, medical professionals are starting to use 3D printers to produce anatomically precise models of human organs to diagnose a condition or plan a surgery. 

Dr. Jeffrey Hirsch, radiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will be on Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. He will tell us about the latest advances in 3D printing and how the technology can improve medical care. 

  • Today’s medical imaging is excellent, and often provides doctors with enough information about an organ’s structures, but in some cases doesn’t give the full picture. With 3D printing, advanced imaging is used to render an exact replica of an individual’s body part. This allows the medical team to see it, hold it and feel it. They can see the organ in greater detail, which sums up to more information to effectively plan and execute a complex surgery.
  • University of Maryland doctors recently used 3D-printing technology to make an exact replica heart model for a four-month-old baby with congenital heart disease. The dense plastic heart is black and gray in color, and about the size of a potato.
  • University of Maryland doctors are also using 3D-printed models in other areas of medicine including urology, trauma and ENT.