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Flexible 3-D Printed Heart Prepares Seattle Woman’s Doctors for Difficult Surgery

Flexible 3-D Printed Heart Prepares Seattle Woman’s Doctors for Difficult Surgery

Source: GeekWire

Not sure how tricky an operation with be? Practice surgery with a three-dimensional replica. That’s the approach being taken by surgeons at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington Medical Center. They’ve printed a flexible, 3-D copy of a 26-year-old woman’s heart in the hopes that it will give them insights into how best to tackle an upcoming pacemaker surgery. “The model allows us the ability to get it wrong in a practice session so we can feel more comfortable going in when the real thing comes,” says Dr. Stephen Seslar of Seattle Children’s.

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