Clinical Applications of 3D Printing: Primer for Radiologists

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Department of Radiology

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Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Health Information Technology | Radiology


Three-dimensional (3D) printing refers to a number of manufacturing technologies that create physical models from digital information. Radiology is poised to advance the application of 3D printing in health care because our specialty has an established history of acquiring and managing the digital information needed to create such models. The 3D Printing Task Force of the Radiology Research Alliance presents a review of the clinical applications of this burgeoning technology, with a focus on the opportunities for radiology. Topics include uses for treatment planning, medical education, and procedural simulation, as well as patient education. Challenges for creating custom implantable devices including financial and regulatory processes for clinical application are reviewed. Precedent procedures that may translate to this new technology are discussed. The task force identifies research opportunities needed to document the value of 3D printing as it relates to patient care.


3D printing, additive manufacturing, personalized medicine, preoperative planning, radiology, three-dimensional printing

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Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan;25(1):52-65. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2017.08.004. Epub 2017 Oct 10. Link to article on publisher's site

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Academic radiology

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