A dog lost part of her skull to cancer. So researchers printed her a 3D one.
CNN – Patches, the cancer-stricken dachshund, is feeling better thanks to researchers at a Canadian university.
Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with Ontario Veterinary College, worked with Cornell University small-animal surgeon Galina Hayes to remove the tumor growing on Patches’ skull.
They replaced the missing skull piece with a 3D-printed plate, which was made by medical technological company Adeiss.
The university said the procedure was a veterinary first in North America.
The 9-year-old dog had a large cancerous tumor on the front of her skull that was pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket.
It was so large that it started weighing down her head and growing into her skull, according to the university.
Oblak mapped out the dog’s tumor using rapid prototyping and 3D-printed implants for reconstruction.
She practiced removing the tumor on a 3D-printed model of Patches’ skull and tumor.
Oblak praised the technology, adding that the plate used to replace Patches’ skull was designed specifically for her …
“She was just ready to be a dog again,” Dymeck said of Patches’ recovery. “Cancer research like they are doing is very important to both humans and animals.” Read the full story at CNN.
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