Radiology's Emerging Role in 3-D Printing Applications in Health Care

Anthony P. Trace, Daniel Ortiz, Adam Deal, Michele Retrouvey, Carrie Elzie, Craig Goodmurphy, Jose Morey, C. Matthew Hawkins

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From its inception as a tool for prototype development in the early 1980s, three-dimensional (3-D) printing has made inroads into almost every sector of industry, including health care. Medical applications range from extra- and intracorporeal orthopedic devices to complex, temporal reconstructions of patient-specific anatomy that allow operative planning and education. In the contemporary climate of personalized medicine, the utility of tangible 3-D models extrapolated directly from patient imaging data seems boundless. The purpose of this review is to briefly outline the development of 3-D printing, discuss its applications across the many medical and surgical specialties, and attempt to address obstacles and opportunities facing radiology as this technology continues to be integrated into patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-862.e4
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • 3-D printing
  • haptic models
  • health care policy
  • prosthetics
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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