Applications in pediatrics
For this edition of ‘3D in focus’, 3DMedNet and our panel of experts turn their attention to how 3D printing is being practically applied to the field of pediatric medicine, from pharmaceutical R&D to surgical practice. Find out more in this series of editorials, interviews and webinars focused on the future of 3D printing technologies in pediatric care.
Advances in 3D printing have been life changing for children, especially in the adaptation of surgical tools, preoperative rehearsal of complex surgeries, personalized treatments and custom-designed prostheses to suit growing bodies.
A topic for a fair few 3DMedNet features to date, specific pediatric applications of 3D printing highlight some of the best opportunities for showcasing the benefits of additive manufacturing within the medical space.
From complex surgeries to the adaptation of oral dosage forms, the application of 3D printing technologies is already revolutionizing personalized care for children, improving safety, efficiency and tailored responses to some of the most exceptional cases.
You can find out more about the general applications of 3D printing in pediatric care via some of our previous editorials on the subject:
For an 'In focus' first, we are delighted to be hosting our second webinar with Rafael Guerrero (Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Liverpool, UK). Watch this space for more information!
Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
Clinical Director of Cardiac Services
Director of Innovation
Alder Hey Children's Hospital (Liverpool, UK)
Rafael Guerrero is an international leader in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, trainer, innovator and an advocate and promoter of the use of 3D printing and immersive technology in healthcare. Serving as the North West Region’s Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Director of Cardiac Services at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (Liverpool, UK); Guerrero leads one of the largest and most successful congenital heart centre in the UK with a culture of continuous quality improvement.
In the meantime, catch up with Robert Wesley (St Louis Children's Hospital; MO, USA) in this on-demand webinar, where Wesley covers the challenges of running in-hospital 3D printing centers, collaborating with various physician practices and the financial and operational pitfalls and successes.
3D Printing Engineer
St Louis Children's Hospital (MO, USA)
Wesley is an experienced biomedical engineer who runs the 3D Printing Center at Washington University Medical Campus (MO, USA), which serves all of the hospitals in the BJC HealthCare network. He works closely with a clinical team to identify anatomy, design and manufacture models, and apply quality standards throughout the process. He has consulted pro bono for southeastern children’s hospitals in ramping up 3D printing programs in their infancy.
In the journal
Access these top four journal articles relating to pediatric applications of 3D printing for free as part of this feature, handpicked by the 3DMedNet and Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine teams.
- Using 3D printing for complex pediatric transplantation: an interview with Pankaj Chandak
- Auricular reconstruction from rib to 3D printing
- Modified-release 3D printed tablets: challenges and opportunities based on geometry and materials
- Utilizing 3D printed models to assist in complex pediatric cardiac surgery: an interview with Henry Pinchbeck, Michael Richard and Rafael Guerrero
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In the news
The 3DMedNet team has handpicked their top four news stories published over the last few years, relating to pediatric applications of 3D printing.
- Biomarkers of preterm birth detected by 3D printed device
- 3D printing aids surgeons in treating hydrocephalus in young child
- 3D printed tracheal splints used in pediatric surgery
- Crowdfunding campaign launched to produce the first 3D printer for the pharmaceutical industry
Click here to read more about pediatric medicine in the news on 3DMedNet.