Belfast surgeon saves lives with 3D printing technology

  • Belfast transplant consultant Dr Tim Brown will be at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in March to tell the story of how he used 3D printing technology in a world-first, life-saving transplant on a young mother.

    3D printing has been used for several medical applications over the years, and it's now proving vital for assessing surgical options in complex procedures. Belfast-based medtech company axial3D has capitalised on this idea recently by providing physical 3D printed models from patient data to aid in pre-operative planning.

    These services proved vital to Dr Tim Brown, Consultant Transplant Surgeon at Belfast City Hospital, who recently performed a life-saving kidney donation from a father to his daughter in which the complication of a kidney tumour threatened to make the transplant unsafe. "As the cyst was buried deep within the renal cortex and therefore invisible on the back bench, a replica 3D model was used for preoperative planning and intra-operative localisation of the lesion," explained Dr Brown.

    Dr. Brown will be telling his story next month at SXSW and will be joined on 12th March by Daniel Crawford, CEO of Belfast-based axial3D (The firm that created the 3D model), Cathy Coomber, Operations Manager at axial3D, and Nigel McAlpine, Immersive Technology Lead at Digital Catapult NI who will share their experience on how the operation was made possible.

    The panel discussion will explore the general use of 3D printing, automation and machine learning in medicine. Delegates can meet Dr. Brown and the rest of the panel at their session, ‘Tumours, Transplants & Technology: AI For Life’ on 12th March 2019 at SXSW, JW Marriott Salon FG in Austin, Texas.

    Source: axial3D Press Release

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