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3D printer will help improve transplant care

Image: Pankaj Chandak from the transplant team and Trust Chairman Sir Hugh Taylor with the 3D printer

Generous donations have meant that we’ve been able to buy a new 3D printer for Guy’s and St Thomas’, contributing to great improvements in patient care.

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The 3D printer’s new home is in the Medical Physics Department. It was bought thanks to a grant awarded by the Health Innovation Fund, given in recognition of the wide range of clinical uses that the hi-tech machine will have and the possible benefits for patients.

How it works to save lives

3D printers produce precise replicas of objects and are used in healthcare to customise medical products and equipment for individual patient needs.

For example, staff from the transplant team intend to 3D print model kidneys and blood vessels so they can plan highly complex operations with even more accuracy. 

‘We want to use the models before we carry out life-saving transplant surgery on small children with renal failure, as this type of surgery is especially complex,’ says Mr Pankaj Chandak, specialist registrar in transplant surgery. ‘The 3D printing of the donor’s kidney and the child’s blood vessels will assist the surgical team ahead of the operation and will increase the chances of the transplant being a success.’

Vital support from donors

Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman of the Trust has said how grateful the hospital is for the support from donors that has helped buy the kit. ‘The arrival of this 3D printer is set to bring a big boost to research and innovation and potentially to the quality of patients’ care and experience,’ he says.

It’s thanks to supporters like you that we can have new state-of-the-art of equipment like the 3D printer, which helps us go above and beyond for our patients. Find out more about the different ways you can continue to support our work.