Our healthcare is the one service that needs to be performing at its highest level possible to ensure that the quality standards of care can be given to those who need it the most. Three-dimensional printing has been widely used in medicine and also in pioneering surgeries around the world with amazing results.

One major concern in healthcare is the treatment of heart patients, and finding ways to improve the treatments already available in the healthcare systems today. Scientists have turned to 3D printing and so far it’s with positive results.

They are using a specially adapted 3D printer; the scientists were able to re-create a protective membrane that resembles the outer layer of the heart’s wall.

This 3D printed elastic membrane has minute sensors implanted in it that can track and record the heart. The sensors can easily pick up any irregular beating and also monitors stress levels emitted and shown by the heart itself.

Globally, heart irregularities are very common, and in the U.S. alone almost 4 to 5 million people are affected by the most common problem, which is atrial fibrillation. Heart irregularities are a concern, and in most cases, if they are left untreated can lead to more serious issues including strokes and blood clots.

The team that created this 3D printed heart membrane initially scanned a rabbit’s heart using medical imaging. Then with the information gained from the medical scanning they created silicon membrane that fitted perfectly over the heart to protect and monitor it.

The breakthrough of this silicone heart jacket has been hailed as a significant milestone in the fight against heart deficiency and the improvement of care for those suffering from it. In this case, 3D printing has shown its versatility, and its uniqueness in improving the standards of care for heart patients all over the world.

It shows that there is hope and progress being made to better the treatments and services that the medical industry should be delivering.


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