Date
21 August 2017
The reconstruction surgery will allow the patient to regain  the lost part of his skull. Photo: China Daily/IC
The reconstruction surgery will allow the patient to regain the lost part of his skull. Photo: China Daily/IC

Doctors use 3D-printed titanium to reconstruct damaged skull

A 46-year-old man identified only by his surname Hu lost half of his skull when he fell from the third floor of the house he was building about 10 months ago.

Now doctors at Xijing Hospital in Xi’an, the capital of northwestern China’s Shaanxi province, will try to reconstruct the damaged part of the patient’s skull by inserting a titanium net created with 3D printing technology, China Daily reports.

The computer technology allows doctors to accurately measure the dimensions of the part of the man’s skull that was lost and reconstruct it using the titanium mesh. 

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The 46-year-old villager lost about half of his skull in an accident last year. Photo: China Daily/IC


A doctor draws a line on the patient’s head before the surgery. Photo: China Daily/IC


A doctor examines the patient before the titanium net is implanted in his head. Photo: China Daily/IC


A doctor displays the titanium mesh to be inserted in the patient’s head. Photo: China Daily/IC


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