First 3-D Printer Vertebra Used to Treat 12-Year-Old Cancer Patient

3D-Vertebrae-300x140The wonders of the 3-D printer are just beginning to populate the common consciousness and for one 12-year-old boy, the fantastical invention is changing his life. Minghao of China learned about two months ago that he had Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer usually discovered in children. There was a tumor lodged on the second vertebra of his spine. The usual treatment for this is bine replacement using a titanium tube. Minghao’s doctors decided to try something different. They used a 3D printer to print him a new vertebrae! (Read the full article here.)

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