German researchers using 3D printing to help promote bone regeneration

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Researchers are testing whether 3D printing can improve scaffolds in bone remodeling and regeneration following trauma, reports Medical Device Network.



Three insights:

1. Researchers at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin conducted CT scans to produce a 3D model of bones affected from trauma and 3D printed a scaffold which can be surgically implanted into the bones.

2. 19 patients have been treated successfully with the 3D printed titanium-mesh scaffold which is filled with the patient's bone tissue, growth factors and bone replacement material.

3. The researchers are now working on producing softer mesh scaffolds and testing their effectiveness beyond long arm and leg bones.

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