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Czech Scientists Develop 3D Printed Model of Human Lungs

Czech Scientists Develop 3D Printed Model of Human Lungs
PHOTOGRAPH: Cultural King's | An artist’s beautiful 3D printed ‘lungs.’

A chronic inflammatory lung condition like Asthma or other recurrent respiratory ailments can be quite distressing. Fortunately, scientists are always on the lookout for new treatment methods that can alleviate such health issues.

In order to do so, having at hand tools are essential. Recently, scientists from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic developed a model of a functioning human lung to simulate health conditions like asthma or other chronic diseases.

The research group said that its mechanical- and computer-based model of the lung can help them come up with treatment methods that can be tailored to meet the exigencies of patients.  Such an innovation is good news for many individuals afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary illnesses.

The 3D-printed model

Through the functioning lung model that utilized 3D printing technology, specialists will be able to see whether an inhaled medicine will settle in the concrete areas where they need it to. This was expressed by Miroslav Jicha, who heads the research team.

The artificial lung can be used by scientific and medical experts as reference model for creating more accurate and more effective inhaled drugs. The aim is to devise treatment therapies for chronic lung disease with more precision than past testing.

The functioning human lungs model may possibly become the European standard for testing. This far, it has received three patents for its modeling.

Multiple uses for diverse industries

Modern technologies like 3D printing have found good uses in various industries. In the healthcare arena, a 3D model can hasten development of  treatment and processes such as repairing or rebuilding vital body parts ranging from human lungs to parts of the brain, in the process aiding in recovery from accidents or emergencies, and saving lives.

A 3D printed model of a vital organ of the human body eliminates long waiting time from donors for compatible that are used for important research and provision of remedies to patients’ disorders.  State-of-the-art models of body parts are disruptive innovations today that may be tomorrow’s essential tools.

How 3D printing has evolved

Artificial parts in 3D may now combine biological tissue and electronics. It signals that science has inched its way closer to replicating natural bodily processes in order to cure or treat to a wide range of diseases.

Years ago, traditional 3D printing had used plastic and metals. In recent years,  biological tissue called 3D bio-printing has increasingly been used in scientific and medical laboratories, and scientists regard it as a very exciting potential modality. As a way to custom-build organs, tissues, bones, and more using a patient’s own cells, 3D bioprinting technology is truly a revolutionary breakthrough.

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