How Doctors Might Use 3-D Printers

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June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece reports on how the medical industry might make use of 3-D printers to construct new organs. Pettypiece speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Medical research companies are investigating whether 3-d printers can construct human organs.

One company has already produced living tissue that it plans to sell to drug makers to test new products.

House the -- how soon will doctors be able to perform transplants for kidney or liver?

Shannon, how far off is a? and how does it work echo -- how far off is it?

And how does it work?

You take stem cells from blood and put them in a petri dish.

And then you grow enough cells were you can put them in a printer cartridge, or the type of cartridge where they use to print out parts and let it print away.

These cells are from this goopy scaffolding that hold it all together.

You could eventually produce a bladder, kidney, or liver.

This is all still theory at this point.

We are probably years away from someone actually being able to go to their doctor and get a replacement organ.

But we are getting a lot closer than a couple of years ago when i first started looking into this.

We actually have bladders that were artificially grown in labs and have been implanted in patients and tested and studied.

We are moving closer.

I know it sounds like sci-fi, but it will be reality in the next five years or so.


Shannon pettypiece, our bloomberg news health reporter.

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