3D-printed replica heads are being used to help treat cancer patients

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    3D-printed replica heads are being used to help treat cancer patients
    The RTSafe 3D printed brain

    A 3D printed head for honing cancer treatments

    RTSafe

    By Donna Lu

    Radiotherapists are using 3D printed heads to practice cancer treatments before doing the real thing.

    With the approach a person undergoing radiotherapy first has a CT scan to image their brain, tumour and surrounding bone and facial structure.

    This is then turned into a life-sized replica of their skull and facial appearance using a technique that converts sequential CT images into a 3D structure. The model is made from a 3D-printed material that absorbs and scatters the radiation used for radiotherapy in the same way as human tissues.

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