Medical Imaging Technologies and Imaging Considerations for 3D Printed Anatomic Models

Nicole Wake, Jana Vincent, Fraser Robb

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Since the development of the X-ray in 1895, there have been many major advancements in medical imaging, and today the use of volumetric medical imaging is the backbone of 3D printing in medicine. Patient-specific 3D printed anatomic models may be created from any volumetric imaging dataset, with sufficient contrast and spatial resolution to separate structures, using dedicated image postprocessing software. The purpose of this chapter is to give a broad overview of the imaging systems that are typically used to create 3D printed anatomic models including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound. In addition, imaging considerations for creating 3D printed anatomic models will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3D Printing for the Radiologist
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780323775731
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • 3D printing
  • Computed tomography
  • Image acquisition
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical imaging
  • Spatial resolution
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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