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Cousins had been giving a presentation to doctors about the future of 3D-printing in the NHS when he collapsed and was taken to hospital. It emerged he had appendicitis and doctors removed his appendix that night to relieve the pain. However, scans on his kidney also revealed he had kidney stones that needed to be operated on later.
On a visit to the clinic to speak to the lead stone surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, Cousins came up with the idea of 3D-printing his own kidney to help the operation. With the help of Isodo3D's software specialist Matthew Todd and a 3D Systems ProJet 660 Pro full-colour 3D printer, Cousins was able to help his surgeons plan how to treat him by providing them with a 3D-printed model of the kidney, complete with the kidney stone in the middle.
Surgeons at both Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Southampton General Hospital are very keen to get 3D-printing technology into their hospitals.
The technology is slowly making its way into the NHS and so far, 12 NHS trust hospitals are using 3D-printed models of jaw bones, hip bones, forearms and cranial plastics to test out implants and plan surgeries.
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