Infographic: 3D Printing for Cancer Treatment

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3D Printing: A New Dimension in Cancer Treatment

A step forward in 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.

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.

Education

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

Research

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

Sources: MayoClinic.org; ScientificAmerican.com; Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.gov

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