3D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts

On the table sits the trachea of a 12-month-old child. Mitch Finlayson lifts it between two fingers, and smiles.

The plastic model, an accurate re-creation of a windpipe and bronchial tree, was created with a 3D printer using scans from a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital. It will be used to train paediatric surgeons in bronchoscopy, a procedure in which a tiny camera is guided through the bronchial tubes into the lungs.
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