Posted on September 6, 2016 by staff

3D printing trailblazer set for healthcare tech conference


Trailblazing transplant registrar Pankaj Chandak will speak about his use of 3D printing in planning operations at BusinessCloud’s ‘Transforming healthcare through technology’ conference.

Chandak, who works at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, became the first in the world to use 3D printing to plan for a paediatric kidney transplant in November 2015.

The method is focused on those patients weighing less than 20kg and with significant vascular abnormalities or previous surgery that may complicate the transplant.

“One of the problems we have with child transplant patients is fitting an adult sized kidney into a small child,” Chandak told the August edition of BusinessCloud magazine.

“We’re taking increasingly complex cases now for children who would have perhaps been deemed untransplantable before.”

The method has already won the prestigious Cutlers’ Surgical Prize and an award from the Royal Society of Medicine.

Chandak will be among several speakers discussing the future of technology in healthcare at Chorley Town Hall in Lancashire on November 23.

Wearable tech, 3D printing and the increased presence of telecare are pieces of a health jigsaw slowly taking shape as the sector comes under pressure to be more efficient and spread innovation.

Held in partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Digital Health Board and Chorley Council, the conference will look at how the emerging customisation of healthcare is allowing citizens to interact with the health system in more ways than ever before.

It will be chaired by BusinessCloud editor and award-winning journalist Chris Maguire.