In January 2015, the Trustees of the ALBORADA Trust awarded Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust a very generous grant of £80,775 to set-up an in-house 3D printing service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Medical 3D printing is a quick and cost-effective way of producing models of organs or anatomic structures that accurately represent a patient’s anatomy. Models derived from MRI, X-ray or CT scans that depict the unique and intricate details of a patient’s condition, enable surgeons to take planning for surgery to another level. Previously, off-the-shelf surgical implants had to be bent into place during surgery while the patient was under anaesthetic. Thanks to 3D printing, bespoke implants can be custom-tailored before surgery. This, together with the surgeons’ improved understanding about what to expect, ensures that patients benefit from better results and less time spent under anaesthetic. More recently the Trust has agreed a further grant of £396,000 to provide a second 3D pritner.