Researchers at McGill have been given a federal grant in order to research improvements in technologies used during surgery. More than $1.6 million will be used to train students who are developing those technologies, which include Stratasys 3D Printers. CTV Montreal recently interviewed several representitives from McGill University Health Centre regarding the acquisition of the technology, and future plans for the centre - click the picture below to view the CTV feature.

Some of the innovations are on display in a special operating room at the McGill University Health Centre's Glen site – a high-tech dummy that can simulate a variety of medical situations, and a 3D printer used to recreate anatomically correct body parts to better train surgeons. Purchased from Cimetrix, MUHC has installed an Objet 500Connex3 in the brand new, state of the art facility. The polyjet technology is being brought in for use along alongside the Fortus 400mc that was also supplied to Montreal General Hospital by Cimetrix.


Selected for the wide range of materials availible with the Connex platform, the Objet 500 is used to create models of human anatomy that closely replicate human tissue. The models are then to be used for pre-surgical planning and practice, as well as for academic applications.

 

“One of the goals that we're trying to do here is to create materials, by mixing materials at different temperatures and different directions and fibres, to try to recreate the human situation so we have tissue fidelity” 

- Dr. Kevin Lachapelle, vice chair of surgery at McGill.


The addition of the Objet printer parallels the creation of an entirely new Masters Programme, designed to train students in the creation of technologies designed to replace or enhance traditional surgical practices. McGill is the first Canadian university to develop a program that brings together students from a variety of disciplines – students in business, engineering and science all will collaborate with surgical trainees in creating these new technologies. Those students form multi-disciplinary teams that work inside the hospital to address innovation needs.

“When they're developing a new technology they can already answer the questions, 'Who needs this? Why do they need it? How many people need it? When do they need it?' and so on”

- Dr. Jake Barralet, professor of surgery at McGill.

The hope is the new technologies will help make procedures cheaper, safer, and better for patients, regardless of the surgical procedure being performed. As Canada's leader in additive manufacturng technologies, Cimetrix's support of the Canadian medicine is unparalleled. From supplying the most advanced 3D-printing technologies, to providing consultation and translation services through our dedicated Medical Applications Specialist, Cimetrix has the tools to help you integrate additive manufacturing technologies to even the most advanced applicaitons. For more information on our technologies and Professional Services, please contact our team of Applications Specialists.