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Doctors in Australia use 3D printer to help save cancer patient's foot

Oct 21, 2014    

Melbourne In a world-first procedure, doctors in Australia have used a 3D printer to help build a 71-year-old man a new heel bone and save him from losing his leg to cancer. Doctors used scans of Len Chandler's left heel bone to create a 3D image of his right one.They then used the 3D version to help construct an exact replica of the bone, the calcaneus, where a tumour had taken over, Herald Sun reported. Patients with advanced cancer in the calcaneus often lose the leg below the knee as it is too difficult to replace the highly complex bone.Chandler can already carry more than half his body w...

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