THE 41ST EDITION OF ARAB HEALTH WILL EXPLORE THE ADVANTAGES OF 3D PRINTING.

The 2016 Arab Health Congress, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East, attracts speakers and delegates from all over the world specializing in every corner of the healthcare sector. This year Arab Health will feature a dedicated 3D printing zone that will offer an insight into how the technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry.

Although the healthcare sector was an early adopter of the technology, it is only now entering a renaissance as technology catches up with the vision providers have for 3D printing. There is a huge potential for growth as 3D printing offers a number of capabilities. Doctors can now make the most out of the technology and utilise 3D printers to create accurate models in order to plan surgeries or create custom built implants to fit patients perfectly.

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Recently, a cancer patient was given a custom 3D printed set of ribs and artificial sternum, something that 3D printing promises to bring to the mainstream. Customised surgical implants such as these offer a number of advantages over traditional implants. The main advantage being that they can be printed and tailored to each individual patient, making the surgical implants stronger.

Today, technology for the 3D printing of skin, bone, tissue, pharmaceuticals and even human organs is being developed. From complex reconstructive facial surgery to dentures and hip implants, surgeons across the world are using 3D printing increasingly to improve treatments as well as save time and money.