Journal Highlight: 3D printing from MRI Data: Harnessing strengths and minimizing weaknesses

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  • Published: Apr 24, 2017
  • Author: spectroscopyNOW
  • Channels: MRI Spectroscopy
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The basics of 3D printing and the current strengths and weaknesses of printing from MRI data as they pertain to model accuracy have been reviewed, covering considerations in the design of MRI sequences for 3D printing.

3D printing from MRI Data: Harnessing strengths and minimizing weaknesses

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2017, 45, 635-645
Beth Ripley, Dmitry Levin, Tatiana Kelil, Joshua L Hermsen, Sooah Kim, Jeffrey H Maki and Gregory J Wilson

Abstract: 3D printing facilitates the creation of accurate physical models of patient-specific anatomy from medical imaging datasets. While the majority of models to date are created from computed tomography (CT) data, there is increasing interest in creating models from other datasets, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI, in particular, holds great potential for 3D printing, given its excellent tissue characterization and lack of ionizing radiation. There are, however, challenges to 3D printing from MRI data as well. Here we review the basics of 3D printing, explore the current strengths and weaknesses of printing from MRI data as they pertain to model accuracy, and discuss considerations in the design of MRI sequences for 3D printing. Finally, we explore the future of 3D printing and MRI, including creative applications and new materials.

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