Ultimaker in Medicine


Healthcare professionals like Dr Boyd Goldie, an orthopaedic surgeon based in a private hospital in London, are using Ultimaker 3D printers as part of their practice. Dr. Goldie treats patients ranging from emergencies to non-emergency elective problems.


Dr. Goldie see the value in creating 3D Printed scans of his patients problem area not only to educate his patients about their complications, but also to intricately plan and practise his surgeries.

 

 


Dr. Goldie takes CT Scans of his patients which he receives as a DICOM file and uses a series of open-source software to convert them to printable STL formats for his Ultimaker 2.
 

 “There’s nothing like holding a model in your hands, thinking about where it is in the body and working out how you’re going to fix the problem.” explains Dr. Goldie

 
With his Ultimaker 2+, he is then able to print the bone for himself in a matter of hours – depending on the size of the bone he needs to print.


 


The end result provides a host of benefits to both Dr Goldie and the patient. The patient receives a much deeper understanding of their problem and what the doctor is going to do, and some patients find it so enlightening they ask for a copy of the model.

 “A lot of it is to do with me as a surgeon, helping me to plan my operation, plan where I’m going to make my incision and give me a better understanding of what I’m dealing with so I don’t have any surprises when I come to do the operation.

If you're interested in learning how Dr Goldie turns medical scans into printable objects, you'll be happy to learn that we will be featuring a print guide on the procedure from him soon! Stay tuned.