The Daily Telegraph has reported that Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust Craig Gerrand used the technology to replace the bone in a man in his 60s, after half his pelvis was removed to prevent the spread of bone cancer.
Scanning technology allowed Gerrand's team to measure precisely how much bone needed to be removed, while a bespoke replacement for this bone mass was then created on a 3D printer. The new pelvis was laser 3D-printed in titanium powder, with the metal structure then being coated with a mineral allowing the remaining bone to grow. A standard hip replacement was fitted into the new socket.
Reports suggest that the demand for 3D Printed non - living medical devices like prosthetic limbs is on the increase which is good news for companies like Paragon with experience in this specialist field