Step One: Scan and Analysis
In order to collect thorough data concerning the size, shape, cell population, tissue health, and disease progression or injury severity of a tissue, a combination of fMRI and other modern tissue analyses tools must be utilized. This data would be analyzed by computer algorithms to design a personalized 3D model implant consisting of a mesh-like structure of roughly parallel fibers. Data concerning the biochemical nature of the tissue would also be collected.
Step Two: Printing
Medical 3D printing technology would be used to create a physical implant precisely based on the computer generated model. A series of specialized nozzles would be required to create the implant, as its parallel-fibrous geometry contrasts with the usual solid constitution of today's 3D printed objects. The chemicals comprising the outermost layer of each fiber (shown above) and the nutrients contained in the core would vary depending upon the nature of the tissue and damage being treated.
Step Three: Preparation and Implantation
Following the implant's completion, it would have to be kept in a completely sterilized containment or environment in order to prevent intra-muscular or nervous system infection after implantation. Depending on the personalized structure of the implant, it could require disassembly and implantation in multiple parts. Actual surgery to implant the mesh into a muscle or nerve would most likely be achieved by means of autonomous robot surgeons .