April 29, 2019

...AND CHEAPER...:

3D printing might save your life one day. Here's how it's transforming medicine and health care. (Big Think, 4/29/19)

Imagine that a health emergency strikes and you need an organ transplant - say, a heart. You get your name on a transplant list, but you find out there's a waiting period of six months. Tens of thousands of people find themselves in this dire situation every year. But 3D printing has the potential to change that forever.

The technology could usher in a future where transplantable organs can be printed not only cheaply, but also to the exact anatomical specifications of each individual patient.

What other innovations could 3D printing bring to medicine and health care? The sky is the limit, according to Dr. Todd Goldstein, a researcher with the corporate venturing arm of Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider and an industry leader in 3D-printing research and development. 

"It comes down to what people can think up and dream up what they want to use 3D printing for," Goldstein says. "Ideally, you would hope that 50 years from now you'd have on-demand, 3D printing of organs." 

While that's still on the horizon for researchers, 3D printing is already improving lives by revolutionizing medicine in three key areas.

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