Kansas City, Mo.-based Children's Mercy Hospital is leveraging 3D printing technology to enhance orthopedic surgeries, according to Fox 4 News.
Here are five things to know:
1. Radiologist Neil Mardis, DO, heads the 3D printing of patient anatomy at the hospital.
2. Surgeons take these 3D models into the operating room, so they can view the targeted surgery area from various angles.
3. Dr. Mardis and his team use a program that converts a radiology file into one that a 3D printer interprets.
4. The printer allows Dr. Mardis to print the model in various materials, some with harder or softer surfaces.
5. The models replicate bones, vessels or organs, allowing surgeons a platform for practice.