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VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care


A three-dimensional printer in action.

A medical team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is pioneering new ways to use three-dimensional printing.

Credit: R&D Magazine

A medical team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pioneering new ways to use three-dimensional (3D) printing to plan surgeries, to build prostheses for amputees, and (eventually) to construct bones and organs from scratch.

The VA has organized a nationwide network of physicians, surgeons, and scientists to serve as an internal nexus where VA personnel can exchange information, expertise, and equipment as they test their own 3D printing concepts.

Such work is starting to yield beneficial innovations, like at Washington state's Puget Sound Medical Center, where 3D printing is being used to rehearse operations and to help veterans better understand their treatment options.

From NextGov.com
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