Three-Dimensional Printing for Procedure Rehearsal/Simulation/Planning in Interventional Radiology

Doyoung Chang, Srini Tummala, Dax Sotero, Eric Tong, Luai Mustafa, Moawiah Mustafa, William F. Browne, Ronald S. Winokur

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With the advances in affordable three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, 3D reconstruction and patient-specific 3D printed models are establishing a crucial role in the field of medicine for both educational purposes and procedural planning. 3D printed models provide physicians with increased 3D perception and tactile feedback, and enable a team-based approach to operational planning. However, performing an effective 3D reconstruction requires an in-depth understanding of the software features to accurately segment and reconstruct the human anatomy of interest from preacquired image data from multiple modalities such as computer tomography, 3D angiography and magnetic resonance imaging, and the different 3D printers/materials available in the market today. Increased understanding of this technology may benefit radiologists by developing techniques and tricks specific to interventional radiology and establishing a criterion to determine when to use these. Thus, the purpose of this manuscript is to provide physicians with an update on currently available 3D reconstruction software as well as printers and materials. Our initial experience using this technology is introduced based on a specific case of developing a 3D printed aorta for a patient with severe stenosis of the abdominal aorta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalTechniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • 3D Printing
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Procedure Planning
  • Procedure Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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