An overview on 3D printing for abdominal surgery

Andrea Pietrabissa, Stefania Marconi, Erika Negrello, Valeria Mauri, Andrea Peri, Luigi Pugliese, Enrico Maria Marone, Ferdinando Auricchio

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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a disruptive technology that is quickly spreading to many fields, including healthcare. In this context, it allows the creation of graspable, patient-specific, anatomical models generated from medical images. The ability to hold and show a physical object speeds up and facilitates the understanding of anatomical details, eases patient counseling and contributes to the education and training of students and residents. Several medical specialties are currently exploring the potential of this technology, including general surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalSurgical Endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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