Manufacture and evaluation of 3-dimensional printed sizing tools for use during intraoperative breast brachytherapy

Joshua M. Walker, David A. Elliott, Charlotte D. Kubicky, Charles Thomas, Arpana Naik

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing has emerged as a promising modality for the production of medical devices. Here we describe the design, production, and implementation of a series of sizing tools for use in an intraoperative breast brachytherapy program. These devices were produced using a commercially available low-cost 3D printer and software, and their implementation resulted in an immediate decrease in consumable costs without affecting the quality of care or the speed of delivery. This work illustrates the potential of 3D printing to revolutionize the field of medical devices, enabling physicians to rapidly develop and prototype novel tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-135
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Radiation Oncology
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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