Infographic: 3D Printing for Cancer Treatment

3D Printing: A New Dimension in Cancer Treatment.

3D-printed physical models help surgeons plan, train and work more quickly.

4 ways 3D models revolutionize medicine.

  1. Personalized Medicine

    • Radiology images are used to create patient-specific, life-size 3D printed models.
    • A 3D printer creates a physical model showing the location of tumors along with bone, internal organs, nerves and blood vessels.
    • Medical professionals use the model to plan surgery, map out challenges and discuss a range of treatments.
  2. Patient Care Benefits

    • Smaller incisions: Less need for exploratory surgery.
    • Faster surgeries: Surgeons work out each step in advance.
    • Faster recoveries: Due to less invasive and extensive surgery.
    • Precise reconstruction: 3D printers can produce patient-specific cutting guides for use in bone and tissue reconstruction. In some cases, custom titanium implants are 3D printed.
  3. Education

    • Helps individuals understand their options – showing the cancer and how it can be addressed helps people make better informed decisions about treatment.
    • Allows surgeons to train future doctors on models.
  4. Research

    • More accurate modeling in research labs.
    • 3D printed tumors used to test treatments.
    • A support system can be 3D printed to allow the person's stem cells to attach and grow new bone or cartilage.

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