Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2019.1909S03P20

Medical Diagnostics and Therapy

Feasibility of 3D printing for customized radiotherapeutic models to be used in superficial skin cancer therapy

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Ali Pashazadeh (Chair for intelligent catheter and image guided procedures, Otto von Guericke University, Germany), Nathan Castro (Joint Quantum Institute and Physical Measurements Laboratory, NIST/University of Maryland, USA), Elena Morganti (Centre in Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia), Marie-Luise Wille (Centre in Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia), Axel Boese (Chair for intelligent catheter and image guided procedures, Otto von Guericke University, Germany), Dietmar Hutmacher (Centre in Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia), Michael Friebe (Chair for intelligent catheter and image guided procedures, Otto von Guericke University, Germany)

Abstract

Skin brachytherapy is an effective treatment for patients with skin cancers. It is based upon the use of an applicator containing a gamma-emitting source located near the tumor. For superficial and shallow skin tumors close to sensitive structures, we propose a new brachytherapy method using 3D printing technology employing beta-emitting isotopes. The beta-emitting patches would allow for directed, effective and controlled dose delivery to the skin tumors, thus mitigating exposure to sensitive structures.


 

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