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Making Customizable Radiological Phantoms a Reality with 3D Printing: Three Use Cases

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From machine calibration and procedural simulation to education and training – radiological phantoms are a critical tool for clinicians. However, the models available today are not customizable and are too generic. While we can learn from similarities across a patient population – as we know – no one patient is like another. This is particularly true when considering densities in bone and other anatomic structures as they vary significantly, especially when comparing pediatric and adult patients.

In this session the audience will learn about the latest advancements in radiological phantoms being tested at Clarkson College, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Geisinger Health. Leaders from Clarkson and Boston Children’s Hospital will review work underway with Ricoh, who is partnering with all three organizations on this effort. The four organizations are bringing their expertise together to solve the need for customizable radiological phantoms with medical 3D printing.

These clinical case studies will be shared with the audience and the presenters will discuss how medical 3D printing can allow users to customize what size and features a specific phantom can include. Then, using the Stratasys RadioMatrix material mixed with other conventional Stratasys materials, the team has developed a coding system that correlates mixture percentages to specific Hounsfield Units that can be assigned to each segmented part of anatomy to create age-specific, realistic, custom radiographic phantoms for use in a multitude of scenarios.

This presentation will outline the workflow and latest examples of work being done to create customized 3D-printed realistic radiographic phantoms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the need for customizable radiographic
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how medical 3D printing can make a huge impact on the work clinicians do daily to ensure a safe environment for patients.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the workflow and process required to leverage 3D medical printing to create customizable radiographic phantoms at their organization.
  • Mariah Latshaw
    Development Engineer II, Immersive Design Systems
    Boston Children's Hospital
  • Blair Kauzlarich
    Administrator, 3D Printing and Training Center
    Clarkson College