Otis media is a middle-ear infection that affects a lot of children globally. It’s caused by bacteria called pseudomonas aeruginosa. A 3D-printed device has been designed to inactivate the bacteria that causes the disease. It is said that it’s the first time a 3D-printed device has been used to treat an ear infection.
Otis media was first treated with antibiotics or surgery. Antibiotics have been ineffective in over 25% of acute infection patients and some patients develop antibiotic resistance. The 3D device was designed to inactivate the bacteria that cause otis media.
Another 3D-printed device was created to treat early knee osteoarthritis treatment. The device is called TOKA (Tailored Osteotomy for Knee Alignment). TOKA is a state-of-the-art metal printing technology to make titanium alloy plates for patients. It was created to prevent patients from receiving knee replacements and from excruciating pain and disability. Although both treatments are still in their trial and developmental phases, they show groundbreaking use of technology use in the field of medicine.
Currently, cranial implants, dental restoration such as crowns, drill guides and prosthetics are all 3D devices uses to treat patients with various health issues, and the future of technology in medicine looks very promising because more devices are being created to prevent surgery and continuous use of medication.
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