3D printing technology is exploding, with exciting new applications turning up every day.
But few could be more compelling than saving babies’ lives.
Dr. Glenn Green, Associate Professor of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, is at the forefront of a bold new surgical technique. He’s using special implants – printed on a 3D printer – to treat children with tracheobronchomalacia, a frequently fatal abnormality of the windpipe.
“I had been seeing these kids for many years in my career,” Dr. Green told Yahoo Canada. “A lot of times, their windpipes are compressed from the outside, so they’re actually strangulated by blood vessels or weakness of their cartilage.”
Windpipe collapse. And no way to prevent it.
“We were having a meeting in the college and somebody said ‘if you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?’ and I said I would find an answer to this disease.”
Working alongside bioengineer Scott Hollister at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann