Advance 3D Printing to Enhance Veteran Care
For many years, the benefits of 3D printing in medicine were theoretical, and some
considered the potential to be overhyped. As the technology matures, innovators like Dr.
Beth Ripley—a radiologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Enterprise Lead for the
VHA 3D Printing Network Initiative—are identifying ways to wield 3D printing to solve a
wide range of problems. Already, this technology is positioned to solve prevalent issues
from the inability to visualize an organ before surgery to the need for more orthoses and
assistive technology devices that are tailored to an individual patient’s needs.