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Cancer Patient Receives 3D-Printed Titanium Sternum and Ribs 38

An anonymous reader writes: A Spanish cancer patient diagnosed with chest wall sarcoma has received the world's first 3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage. Anatomics, an Australian medical device company, designed and manufactured the metal rib cage. Cnet reports: "Once printed, finished and polished, the implant was couriered to the Salamanca University Hospital, where it was implanted into the patient's chest. It has now been two weeks since the surgery, and the patient has been discharged is recovering well."
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Cancer Patient Receives 3D-Printed Titanium Sternum and Ribs

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  • XMen (Score:3, Funny)

    by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdot@@@keirstead...org> on Monday September 14, 2015 @07:13AM (#50517895) Homepage

    Sounds like this guy is 20% on the way to becoming wolverine. Just needs to replicate this procedure with his arms, spine, and skull...!

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @07:46AM (#50518029) Journal

    Titanium sternum? That's nothing. I had an aunt with a cedar chest.

    • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @07:54AM (#50518069) Journal

      Also, I remember overhearing my dad talking about a guy with brass balls.

      • by plover ( 150551 )

        I know a guy with nerves of steel. I always wondered why they weren't copper, it's a much better conductor.

      • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

        Also, I remember overhearing my dad talking about a guy with brass balls.

        You joke, but the personal trainer I used to go to was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to have one removed. When the doctor presented him with options for prosthetic, while they did not have brass as an option, they did have different sizes. So it is now quite possible to literally have a big pair of balls.

        • So it is now quite possible to literally have a big pair of balls.

          Oh, it's always been possible.

        • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

          They're also available for your pet [neuticles.com] in case they are feeling depressed and self conscious after being neutered.

  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @07:55AM (#50518077) Journal
    Imagine having to replace your entire rib cage because it is cancer-ridden. =Gee-zus!

    My Monday is looking up.

    • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

      Imagine having to replace your entire rib cage because it is cancer-ridden. =Gee-zus!

      On the bright side, think of the bar bets he can win now. "Bet you $100 you can stab me in the chest and it won't even hurt me."

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I am titaniummm!

  • And this person paid probably less than $10,000 for this operation, whereas, in the United States, with the greatest healthcare system in the world, the person would have simply died because he couldn't afford the $2 million pricetag.

  • ... with the arc reactor option installed.

    • that's been put on hold by the FDA until suitable non-toxic alternative to palladium is demonstrated, and in unrelated news many fried corpses of "makers" attempting to tap into 345KV feeder lines have been reported in several states

  • Until society falls and the people who form the next society think we used to drill out people's chests by hand and hack at them with chisels to install crudely crafted titanium plates.

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