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Patches with a large multilobular osteochondrosarcoma tumor.
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Researchers 3D Print New Skull for Dog with Cancer

A 3D-printed skull plate saved the life of one dog with a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma tumor.

Jackie Brown  |  Feb 4th 2019


A 9-year-old Dachshund named Patches with a large multilobular osteochondrosarcoma tumor growing into her skull was recently saved thanks to a custom 3D-printed skull plate that was used to replace about 70 percent of the dog’s cancer-ridden skull.

3D print of a dog skull. Photography courtesy University of Guelph.

In a joint effort, researchers and veterinary surgeons at University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine created the replacement skull, then removed the diseased portion of the dog’s skull and replaced it with the 3D-printed plate. Patches came through the surgery with flying colors.

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you! 

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy University of Guelph.

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