(WCMH/CNN) – Patches the dachshund is cancer-free because of 3D printing.
The nine-year-old dog had a large tumor on the front of her skull that was pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. It was so large that it was weighing down her head.
Doctors mapped out the tumor using rapid-prototyping 3D-printed implants for reconstruction. Then they practiced removing the tumor on a 3D-printed model.
The team was able to use the modeling data to create the 3D-printed titanium place, which replaced 70 percent of the top of the dog’s skull.
Two surgeons from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and Cornell University in new York teamed up for the procedure, which had never before been done in North America.
One of the surgeons mentioned the possibility of using the technology on humans.