3D Technology: AN EXTRA DIMENSION TO SAVE LIVES
There has been a lot of technological advances in the medical industry with the introduction of various Two Dimensional techniques including various 2D imaging techniques like MRI and CT scan, Laparoscopic surgical procedures and several others. These have improved the quality and precision of services in the healthcare industry by a landslide. These techniques have effectively reduced the chances of failure of surgical procedures and have significantly reduced the healing time, but despite of all these technologies and all the advance that has come about we are still unable to completely eliminate the chance of an error, so after a lot of study and collaborative efforts it was found that putting a three dimensional pin to the whole thing might do the trick. Let’s focus on a few areas where the extra dimension could be put to use.
CT and MRI scanning techniques have made surgical procedures so much more convenient for the doctors by providing the picture of the affected area and its surrounding regions in a layered fashion ,for example ,with CT scanning the required area of the problem is divided into 158 (approx.) vertically and horizontally layer so that the physicians can be inspect the severity of the problem almost to the exact degree ,but now when an extra dimension is added it changes the whole scenario the “almost” factor can be completely eliminated .There dimensional imaging would figuratively mean a virtual physical exam of the internal organs part by part without a single incision. Using this technique would let the doctors guess the state of the problem and the dimensions of the area effected to a T.
Surgeries with a 3D monitoring system
Going through the items arranged in a stacked vertical fashion in a refrigerator or a cupboard is so easy and convenient as everything is accessible isn’t it. That is how it would be if 3D screens would be used to monitor surgeries. Getting a three dimensional view of the surgery would make it much easier to correct the problem in a much shorter time without causing much damage to the surrounding unaffected areas. The surgeons can actually preform the whole entire procedure virtually before implementing it on the patients. They would also be able to analyze the situation i.e. if or not it is even safe to perform the procedure, what the actual extent of the problem is etc. They can use the apparatus much more carefully without puncturing healthy organs or rupturing important arteries and infected tumors.
3D printing for organ replacement
It’s sad how many people die every because organ damage. Even though we have organ donors the availability of required organs is way lesser than their demand. Despite the constant efforts put in by the government to encourage organ donation they are sadly unable to harvest the same according to the requirement. Now with the introduction of 3D printing this problem would not exist anymore. The patient wants a vital organ immediately just print it out, simple as that there would not be any issues with these artificially generated organs. The materials used in them can be customized according to the patient’s requirements, eliminating the issues of organ compatibility blood group compatibility, etc. Organ transplants these days are not just cumbersome, but also very expensive for obvious reasons, but with 3D printed organs you can get the same procedures done at a much more reasonable rate making the whole thing more cost effective and accessible to people belonging to various stratus of the society.
3D printing in drug design
Medicines used these days, even though very effective are proving to be harmful. Certain types of medication used to treat a given problem might prove to be derogatory to the functioning of some other organ leading to some desired outcomes know as side effects which might prove to be a health menace in a long run.
So, 3D printing can be used in this area to design the drugs in a way that they are only effectively working at the site of action and not causing a new problem elsewhere. How is that you ask? Well then let me elaborate. The molecules of the drugs have various special effector sites on their surface with which they attach to the affected area and produce the required effects to cure the problem, but a problem might arise when these molecules attach to areas where their action is not called for causing side effects, so to eliminate this problem we can use 3D printing to make these effector sites more specific and precise so that they only effect the required are and not elsewhere. This can prove to be very help full in effectively performing chemo therapy so that the chemicals used only damage the malignant tumors without interfering with the functions or harming the healthy tissue.
So in conclusion just like adding more perspective to your thought process gives you a better solution, adding an extra dimension to existing medical technologies would revolutionize the entire medical industry.