3D-printed organs aid medical students

NTU don comes up with replicas to help them appreciate structural variations in an organ

Assistant Professor Reddy Mogali, head of anatomy at NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, with a 3D-printed heart. He said such replicas of human organs, made with 3D printers, serve as an additional learning tool for his students, who have until
Assistant Professor Reddy Mogali, head of anatomy at NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, with a 3D-printed heart. He said such replicas of human organs, made with 3D printers, serve as an additional learning tool for his students, who have until now been working with cadavers.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

As a medical science student in India about 20 years ago, Assistant Professor Reddy Mogali studied the human anatomy by working on cadavers and organs donated for medical research and educational purposes.

But the head of anatomy at Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has come up with an alternative for students - replicas of human organs, made with 3D printers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2018, with the headline '3D-printed organs aid medical students'. Subscribe