VA sees growing 3-D printing network as 'new frontier' for agency's medical research
from Federal News Network
The first time doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs realized they could use a 3-D printer to create a life-sized, realistic model of a patient's diseased heart valve, Dr. Beth Ripley and her colleagues knew it was a gamechanger. The first 3-D-printed heart valve served as a catalyst for VA's integrated virtual printing network, which began at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in early 2017. Three VA hospitals had 3-D printing labs then; the network has recently grown to 20 hospitals.
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