Three-Dimensional Printing: An Enabling Technology for IR

Rahul Sheth, Elie R. Balesh, Yu Shrike Zhang, Joshua A. Hirsch, Ali Khademhosseini, Rahmi Oklu

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Rapid prototyping, also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a recent technologic advancement with tremendous potential for advancing medical device design. A wide range of raw materials can be incorporated into complex 3D structures, including plastics, metals, biocompatible polymers, and even living cells. With its promise of highly customized, adaptable, and personalized device design at the point of care, 3D printing stands to revolutionize medical care. The present review summarizes the methods for 3D printing and their current and potential roles in medical device design, with an emphasis on their potential relevance to interventional radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-865
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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