The importance of individualised treatment options is growing in various fields of medicine. In order to improve personalised medicine and its outcomes, researchers and physicians are increasingly using 3-D printing to develop new methods and devices. The first International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine, to be held on 15 and 16 April in Mainz, will discuss the potential of the technology, as well as its latest developments in fields such as oral surgery and traumatology.
With the help of a new computed tomography (CT) method that is based on the scattering of X-rays, a team of international researchers has been able to visualise nanostructures in objects measuring just a few millimetres for the first time. To demonstrate the potential of the technique, the researchers reconstructed the precise 3-D orientation of collagen fibres in a piece of human tooth.