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Innovations in Medical Physics Practice: 3D Printing Applications

E Ehler

J Perks

K Rasmussen

P Bakic

E Ehler1*, J Perks2*, K Rasmussen3*, P Bakic4*, (1) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (2) UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, (3) East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, (4) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


MO-A-9A-1 Monday 7:30AM - 9:30AM Room: 9A

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, has great potential to advance the field of medicine. Many medical uses have been exhibited from facial reconstruction to the repair of pulmonary obstructions. The strength of 3D printing is to quickly convert a 3D computer model into a physical object. Medical use of 3D models is already ubiquitous with technologies such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Thus tailoring 3D printing technology to medical functions has the potential to impact patient care.

This session will discuss applications to the field of Medical Physics. Topics discussed will include introduction to 3D printing methods as well as examples of real-world uses of 3D printing spanning clinical and research practice in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. The session will also compare 3D printing to other manufacturing processes and discuss a variety of uses of 3D printing technology outside the field of Medical Physics.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the technologies available for 3D Printing
2. Understand methods to generate 3D models
3. Identify the benefits and drawbacks to rapid prototyping / 3D Printing
4. Understand the potential issues related to clinical use of 3D Printing


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