#PWChat: 3D Printing in Medicine

#PWChat: 3D Printing in Medicine

Join us Monday, March 5 at 2:00pm ET for our live, interactive tweetchat with PW blogger Lars Brouwers, MD, PhD-candidate, on in-hospital 3D printing and 3D printing in medicine overall. Topics to be discussed are subject to change but will likely include:

  • Various ways in which 3D printing can be used in medicine.
  • How Dr. Brouwers and others have and are currently using 3D printing in medicine.
  • The exciting possibilities of 3D printing in medicine.
  • The cost-effectiveness of 3D printing in medicine.
  • Obstacles that one can expect when trying to implement in-hospital 3D printing or 3D printing in medicine overall, and how they can be overcome.
  • Regulatory obstacles that exist for 3D printing in medicine, including whether 3D-printed prosthetics are considered medical devices.
  • Whether a future in which patients download and print their own medical devices at home with their own 3D printers is feasible and what the implications would be of that.
  • Exiting potential future uses of 3D printing in medicine, including what can be expected that hasn’t yet been seen.
  • More…

How to Join the Chat

  1. Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. A couple minutes before 2:00pm ET on March 5, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat.
  3. On the search results page, click Latest at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there are using the #PWChat hashtag.
  4. Answer questions, reply to other’s comments, or make a comment of your own as much and as often as you like. Just make sure to leave room in include #PWChat to make sure what you tweet is included in the chat. Otherwise, it won’t be seen.
  5. While you’re at it, be sure to follow @physicianswkly and @Brouwers_3D!

About Dr. Brouwers

Lars Brouwers, MD, MSc, PhD-candidate is pioneering the use of 3D printing in Medicine, particularly in-hospital use, as a trauma surgeon practicing in the Netherlands. He’s a recipient of the European Surgical Research technical innovation award as well as a Physician’s Weekly blogger.


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