Cincinnati Children's is one of the first hospitals in the country to use 3D technology to help young patients with rare skin disorders. Lily Hall of Whitesburg, Ky., was born with nevus sebaceous syndrome, leaving pigmented birthmarks on her face, head and neck. To eliminate the risk of cancer in the fewest number of surgeries, Dr. Thomas Sitzman, a plastic surgeon at Cincinnati Children's, turned to the latest in 3D technology. Matt Batie, a clinical engineer, printed a 3D model the exact shape and size of Lily's head.
He also created synthetic skin to place over the model so Dr. Sitzman could simulate different techniques to determine the best place to make the incisions before going in the operating room. The surgery went exactly as planned in large part because of the 3D model.