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Bordeaux University Hospital in France Enhances Kidney Operations with Full-Color, Multimaterial 3D Printing

The powerful impact of 3D printing on health care is evident across leading hospitals throughout the world. Bordeaux University Hospital (CHU), France, is one notable example where this is apparent. As one of the first hospitals worldwide to adopt full-color, multimaterial 3D printing using the Stratasys J750 3D™ printer, its surgical teams are able to benefit from its broad capabilities. These range from advancing surgical processes using ultra-realistic pre-surgery planning models to improving student training and enhancing patient education.
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Trainee surgeon using a 3D printed model of a patient’s kidney in the operating theatre during a surgery.

“Having a 3D printed kidney model in your hands that corresponds specifically to that of the patient you’re going to operate on offers us a view from a new perspective.”

Prof. Jean-Christophe Bernhard, Bordeaux University Hospital