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Published on Sep 10, 2015
A Spanish cancer patient has received a titanium sternum and rib cage designed and manufactured by Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics and printed utilising our 3D printing facility, Lab 22.
Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancerous tumour that grows, in this instance, around the rib cage), the 54 year old man needed his sternum and a portion of his rib cage replaced. This part of the chest is notoriously tricky to recreate with prosthetics, due to the complex geometry and design required for each patient.
So the patient’s surgical team determined that a fully customisable 3D printed sternum and rib cage was the best option.