3D Printing Enhances Radiotherapy Treatment of Cancer

3D Printing may help doctors focus radiotherapy in more targeted ways.  The research is being done in Russia.

Cancer gets kicked by 3D printed radiotherapy models

3D printing is helping researchers in the fight against cancer. Around the world, experiments are applying the technology to help plan fail-safe tumor removal, and even to investigate new modes of treatment, such as targeted drug delivery.

At the Tomsk Cancer Research Institute of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia, a team has developed a new, 3D printable material, that helps to asses radiotherapy treatments.

“There is no need to explain that radiotherapy is a serious medical manipulation associated with certain risks,” comments Yuri Cherepennikov, a senior lecturer from Tomsk’s Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycles.

The 3D printed models made at Tomsk Polytechnic are called dosimetry phantoms. They are replica body parts used to asses which tissues will receive radiation. Cherepennikov explains, “We have developed a polymer material which is identical in density to the tissues of the body, and various additives allow creating analogues of a variety of tissues: bone, muscle, fat, and others.”

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