Medical News 3D-printed replica heads are being used to help treat cancer patients
A 3D printed head for honing cancer treatmentsRTSafe
By Donna LuRadiotherapists are using 3D printed heads to practice cancer treatments before doing the real thing.
With the approach a person undergoing radiotherapy first has a CT scan to image their brain, tumour and surrounding bone and facial structure.
This is then turned into a life-sized replica of their skull and facial appearance using a technique that converts sequential CT images into a 3D structure. The model is made from a 3D-printed material that absorbs and scatters the radiation used for radiotherapy in the same way as human tissues.