An innovative 3D printed prostate gland model, created by a Sheffield engineer, helps doctors treat their patients more efficiently.
Hugo Lynch is just 23 years old, but he has managed to create the first transparent 3d printable model of a prostate gland in Europe.
By using these bespoke models, doctors have more information to help them decide on the best treatment options for their patients in a shorter amount of time.
The major benefit of Lynch’s idea is that surgeons can make models from MRI scans meaning the results are easier to interpret. By doing this, early diagnosis is more likely, and it is hoped that less intrusive treatments will be required for many patients.
The story that led to the 3D Printed Prostate Gland Model
Lynch graduated from the University of Sheffield last year with a degree in engineering before going on to master in polymer science. His company, called MPrint3D, has the catch line “data in your hands.” It is based at the University of Sheffield Enterprise where the 3D printed prostates are created on Nuada Group‘s behalf.
Lynch said he was “very pleased” with the breakthrough and before these impressive glands were created, 3D printed models were only available for bones in Europe.
However, with advances in 3D printing technology, it is now possible to print soft tissues and organs which led to his innovative work.
Lynch said to The Star: “When a patient has an MRI scan, it’s very difficult to see the details on the print-outs. But with the 3D models patients can see very clearly, which helps them to understand and decide what the best treatment option is.”
As well as this, a huge benefit of 3D printing these models is that they can be quickly produced and ready to use in just three days meaning no nervous waiting around.
Hugo said: “Possibly the next step forward in medical 3D printing could be in the area of bone injuries. The cutting edge scientists are also working towards creating 3D printed working organs, which combine the print technology to create the ‘scaffold’ and stem cell technology to create the organ itself.”
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